The pop elegance of Belgian singer Pierre de Maere at Montreux Jazz

The pop elegance of Belgian singer Pierre de Maere at Montreux Jazz

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A young 21-year-old Belgian singer, Pierre de Maere distinguished himself at the start of the year with “Un jour, je”, his first six-track mini-album in an elegant pop style. This self-taught Brussels resident with an acrobatic voice can be discovered this Saturday evening in concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

His songs are called “One day I will marry an angel”, “Regrets” and “J’aime, j’aime”, among others. So many titles that are not really wrong on Pierre de Maere’s favorite themes, namely love and its disappointments, which he sings in a voice as sensual as it is acrobatic, alternating deep voice and head voice. He has also just published a new piece, “Roméo”, where he continues his sentimental chronicles to support his summer tour which passes through the Montreux Jazz Festival this Saturday.

“Love, but also pretense and ambiguity are themes that are dear to me, as is particularly disillusionment on this EP ‘Un jour, je’. But now it’s better…, smiles the singer Belgian. At the time of its writing, I was in a quest for an impossible ideal. Especially on the title ‘One day I will marry an angel’ which I wrote a little over a year ago, watching a series where a character had charmed me. I then thought to myself that I often fell under the spell of fictional characters. This therefore corresponds to a quest for a totally unattainable ideal since all the criteria on which my ideal is based lovers do not actually exist”.

Self-taught artist

On this song, all in pop crescendo and vocal androgyny, Pierre de Maere sings his desire for a less conceptual and down-to-earth love: “Doctor / One day I will marry an angel / We will make love in the clouds / Praying so that nothing changes / Here love is much too superficial / We only tell you one day it will fall from the sky / And it’s always the same speeches / Beautiful words, soon you will run out / As soon as day breaks / I go for a walk and I dream / That nothing moves except our lips / And I rise…”.

>> To see: the clip of “One day I will marry an angel”:

On dry land, Pierre de Maere is a self-taught artist who started composing at the age of ten through the GarageBand application on his smartphone, then singing along in English, then in French. .

This Brussels man who loves photography and fashion – aesthetics that pierce through his stylish clips – claims models like Stromae, Lady Gaga and David Bowie for their faculties of metamorphosis. Like them, he cherishes visual and sound telescoping. On the cover of his mini-album, he also claims without complex – but with a certain sense of the second degree – “Make me Famous”, via a mug placed at his side in the setting evoking that of an American talk show late evening.

Romantic lyricism and melancholic sensibility

But while waiting to be a star, he composed the first songs on the piano and on the computer, oscillating between romantic lyricism and melancholic sensibility, which sometimes border on the kitsch of the eighties without however sinking into it. The Belgian seeks above all to impose a sparkling and colorful image:

“I want to convey an image that is flamboyant, that sells dreams after these last few years which have not been very fun for artists and the public alike. So I want colors, to come up with something which shines, which throws some visually even if it means overdoing it, even if it is even kitsch sometimes. But kitsch is also beautiful sometimes. It is also when we take ourselves the least seriously that we are the sharpest in the end, I believe”, explains Pierre de Maere, whom he met in a hotel in Lausanne.

On “Liar”, a “non-autobiographical” title, he insists, the singer signs “an ode and tribute to the unconditional comfort offered by mothers”. He interprets there “a son who misses almost everything he does, goes on nonsense, lies to himself and to others and who, whatever happens, will find his mother’s arms, his tenderness. “.

>> To see: the clip of “Liar”

Well surrounded on the French label Cinq7

His promising emerging repertoire is, as he likes to say, an invitation to uninhibit, to feel without limits, to put taboos in the closet. If his inclination to exaltation already annoys some, Pierre de Maere has in any case caught the eye of the French label Cinq7 for which he has signed for two albums already. A record company in which the Belgian singer is in any case surrounded by artists as singular as Katerine, Dominique A, Bertrand Belin or Pierre Lapointe, a sensitive Quebecer whom he resembles in many stylistic respects.

Oliver Horner

Pierre de Maere in concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Lab, Saturday July 2, 2022 at 8 p.m.

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