Catch Petite Noir’s Unique Sound Tomorrow Night at Mercury Lounge

March 25th, 2016

Singer-songwriter and producer Yannick Ilunga combines traditional African music—he’s half-Congolese, half-Angolan, born in Belgium but grew up in South Africa—with electronic sounds and post-punk guitar to make his own unique, experimental music, noirwave, under the name Petite Noir. His acclaimed debut EP, The King of Anxiety (stream it below), arrived early last year. And according to AllMusic, “Yannick Ilunga delivers more breadth and depth in a handful of songs than some artists do in an entire album.” Pitchfork also weighed in: “He seems to be working very carefully and slowly, but the result is hard to argue with: These songs feel obvious the first time you hear them and then slowly grow more sophisticated over time.” His first full-length, La Vie Est Belle/Life Is Beautiful (stream it below), followed last September. The Line of Best Fit glowingly proclaimed, “Every once in a while, a debut LP proverbially knocks the little cotton socks clean off your feet. It doesn’t happen very often, and it’s not always a pleasant experience, but in the case of Petite Noir’s 11-track masterpiece, pleasantries would be far from enough. La Vie Est Belle/Life Is Beautiful is fucking gold in every way, shape and form.” And on the heels of SXSW, Petite Noir (above, performing “Down”) has embarked on a short U.S. tour that brings him to Mercury Lounge tomorrow night.