Born and raised in Paris, France, bassist/composer Louis de Mieulle started his musical education at 7, playing the cello. After switching to the bass guitar, he eventually graduated from the National Conservatory of Paris (classical writing) and the Berklee College of Music.
“Stars, Plants and Bugs”, Louis’ second album, was released in 2015. Recorded in NYC with old partners Matt Gartska (also drummer of Animals as Leaders), Casimir Liberski (keys), and new members Sarpay “SharpEye” Özçagatay (flutist extraordinaire) and Tareq Rantisi (percussion).
It’s an instrumental concept album, in the tradition of the 1970s Greats. The surrealist storyline features vibrant constellations, ancient trees and neurotic insects. Apparently naïve but filled with (reasonably) profound metaphors about Life and Death, it can be seen as the soundtrack for an imaginary cartoon.
The old school feeling is accentuated by the diversity of styles. Neo-classical, electric jazz, electronica, indian classical, chamber pop, math groove: that eclectic blend evokes an era that was more free from compartmentalization.
“The arrangements drift seamlessly from modernistic electronic and sci-fi fuzzed bass backgrounds, to venture forth across spacious cosmic vastness, to dropping in on rarefied alt-lounge jazz piano respectfully paying homage to ancient wonder”. (Roger Trenwith – The Progressive Aspect)
“Strangely hypnotic and trance-like.” (Jon Neudorf – Sea of Tranquility)