Meet Pierre Lecarpentier, the 26-year-old French multi-instrumentalist who’s making waves with his DIY solo project. Hailing from the outskirts of Paris, Pierre has been honing his musical skills since childhood, mastering instruments like drums, bass, guitar, percussions, and piano. Over the years, Pierre has played in several bands but in 2021, he embarked on a new journey – a solo project where he could unleash his full creative potential. As Pierre explains, “I wanted to do everything myself, write and play all the instruments, write my own lyrics, and bring my songs to life.” And that’s exactly what he’s done. With the help of friends Vincent Paraboschi and Suze Geuke on vocals, Pierre recorded everything in his apartment and enlisted sound engineers Fabio Mucci and David Hilliard for the mixing and mastering process. He even mixed some of the songs himself.
Influenced by the sounds of the 60s and 70s, Pierre Lecarpentier’s musical style is a melting pot of psychedelic rock, folk on steroids, and pop from outer space. He defines his music as “psychedelic rock,” and it’s easy to see why on his 13-track album ‘Yesterday’s Melodies’.
Defying the odds of the fast-paced, TikTok-driven music world, Pierre Lecarpentier has emerged as a beacon of epic rock ambition. With his latest album, he’s taken on the streaming industry and its endless spew of disposable pop tunes, and come out on top.
In a time where success is often measured by streams and followers, Pierre proves that true artistic greatness can’t be bought with a marketing budget. The elusive aura of artistic greatness is only granted to a select few, and Pierre is firmly establishing himself in that rarified atmosphere. Creating seductively dense psychedelia punctuated with shimmering guitars, warm keys and soaring vocals, that notion hits you right from the opening track, ‘Somewhere, Nowhere’ ft. Vincent Paraboboschi.
The music continues to escalate towards a higher level on the acoustically dominated ‘Life, Hopes & Despair if the Little Rainmaker’ ft. Suze Geike, the crystalline instrumental ‘Kodama’, and the grungy haze of ‘Take Shelter’ ft. Vincent Paraboschi, who handles most of the album’s lead vocal slots.
The rhythm section really begins to find it’s groove on the bombastic ‘I’m Not There’, as do the crunchy guitar lines. This leads to the cinematic intro of the ‘Ballad of the White Lady’, which rides on twanging guitar motifs and swaggering vocals.
At eight minutes and nine seconds, ‘Dancer in the Dark’ ft. Onderdeindruk is the longest track on the album. It highlights all of Pierre Lecarpentier’s songwriting and instrumental skills, as well as the roots of his psychedelic rock authenticity.
On the back-to-back tracks, ‘Forgotten Dreams’, Portrait of a Shade’ and ‘Mr. Fantasy’, Pierre Lecarpentier goes through what puts him in unrivalled territory, slowly and organically fashioning the listening experience to be more immersive on all levels.
These songs serenely deliver all things trippy and transcending about Pierre’s music. That is the genius of his artistry. To take the quietest compositions and still create gripping musical moments. Here Pierre Lecarpentier surges out with some of his most thoughtful and impassioned playing.
The album draws towards its closing with the tracks, ‘Epilogue (The Bitter End)’, ‘One of These Days’, and ‘Somewhere, Nowhere (Acoustic Version)’. All which confirm Pierre Lecarpentier’s artistic and technical prowess.
It is impossible to isolate a favorite song, so I won’t bother. Just know there are dozens of moments on this album that will transport you to outposts of your emotional and nostalgic edges. Especially if you have any affinity for Pierre Lecarpentier’s influences and legendary peers.
As the music landscape continues to evolve, it remains to be seen if Pierre’s artistic triumph with ‘Yesterday’s Melodies’, will translate into a similar commercial success. Nevertheless, one thing is for sure, Pierre Lecarpentier has shaken up the status quo and solidified his place in the pantheon of musicians who make timeless music. With his legendary-styled sound and raw talent, Pierre Lecarpentier is a name you will not forget anytime soon.