Montreal synth-pop artist Felix Mongeon has shared his new album as Radiant Baby, Pantomime, premiering now on Indie88.
The pulsing, dreamy new album has a retro-futuristic sound. With captivating synths and dance-worthy instrumentals, Pantomime will bring some light into your life. The album features previously released singles “Réputation” and “Smooth (feat. Ohara Hale).”
“The cover is inspired by 1900s Pierrot. Pierrot is sometimes represented as a sad clown, I like this image because making tunes is a bit of an emotional roller coaster: It’s exciting to create and to take the stage, but there is also a loneliness in creation and a vulnerability in revealing yourself through music,” Mongeon explains of Pantomime. “That loneliness has been even more palpable with the pandemic. When the first lockdown hit in March 2020, I had already created demos for most of the songs that ended up on the album, and a portion of the recording was already completed as well. The pandemic slowed down the recording and production of the album and helped me take my time and gain some perspective on the tracks.”
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“Not playing shows with the pandemic has been quite hard,” Mongeon continues. “I feel a sense of hope as shows are gradually getting booked and as I see other artists playing live again and releasing their new music. I’m launching Pantomime at La Sala Rossa in Montreal on October 7th. This will be my first show in two years. I’m so excited about it. We are preparing a very fun show with a five-piece band, black-and-white décor and dramatic lighting.”
Radiant Baby channels the dreamy, romantic sounds of the ’70s on Pantomime. The 11-track album revolves around different characters facing the limits of reality, as their forced to confront their fantasies. Striking a curious balance between hope and disillusion, Pantomime contrasts performance and love.
Lead photo courtesy of Ariana Molly.