“Few bands come around that are so charming…[Les Mentettes are] bringing back that nostalgic, lovey, swing-yer-partner feeling.” -MTV iggy – Bands We Like
Lauded for their charming, inventive style, indie pop group, Les Mentettes, has shared the stage with Pulp (UK), Of Montreal (USA), Tahiti Boy & The Palmtree Family (France) and Moreno Veloso (Brazil). They’ve been praised by MTV and Rolling Stone and they’ve been invited to play this year’s SXSW Music Festival.
Les Mentettes makes dreamy indie pop studded with off-beat instruments, catchy yet haunting hooks and a style that both nods to and transcends their influences. Led by singers Adrián Rivoira and Eugenia Brusa, the Argentinian band has deep roots. The two started out playing together as kids, performing at school concerts in the early 90s. Coming from very different musical backgrounds, the Rivoira and Brusa as well as their bandmates have a myriad of influences that range from Ziggy Stardust to Nina Simone and Brian Wilson.
In 2008, they formed Les Mentettes and released their first full-length album, Let’s Mentettes. The following year, music conductor Manuloop arranged their songs for orchestra. They recorded Les Mentettes Orchestra with over thirty musicians, bringing a variety of instruments to the group’s sound, including, trombone, oboe and glockenspiel. In 2011, the band, now a hybrid of rock band and orchestra, released their third album, Song for an Imaginary Film. Their latest EP release, Bouh!, is a return to their sparkling indie-pop roots. Whether playing with an orchestra or not, Les Mentettes exudes warmth and a beguiling playfulness.
Praise for Les Mentettes
“Few bands come around that are so charming…[Les Mentettes are] bringing back that nostalgic, lovey, swing-yer-partner feeling.”-MTV iggy – Bands We Like
“Les Mentettes take the collapsed capillaries of late ’90s psych-pop and flush them with new adrenaline. But what they’ve created goes beyond what we recognize in their roots. It’s cinematic, it’s poetic, it’s consuming.” –Dingus On Music
“Songs For An Imaginary Film. Conceptually defined as the soundtrack of a “romantic-drama film,” … the delicacy of [Rivoira Adrian’s] voice complementing that of Eugenia Brusa and beauty of the arrangements of a most striking band…” -RollingStone.com