“’.. They have buddied up at jazz studio in Antwerp, but you won’t find a rogue sax disrupting their flow of hushed electronic beat and smart melancholic sounds.”
“Mannequins on 7thStreet have been paying very close attention to what’s hot lately. Debut offering Wailing of Hesione offers a bit of everything brilliant: Sparse but up-lifting, guitar backed but electronic r&b pop. Boy-boy duo set to cause quite a bit of stir if you ask us. Minimal but so, so big.”
“Mannequins on 7th Street makes perfect rainy day music. Looking for the next Zero 7, but in male form? Well, the Mannequins duo is delivering similar blissed out electronic music and you’d be remiss not to keep track of their promising future.”
“The Soft atmospheric beats, thump gracefully against warm melancholic vocals, re-sulting in a sound that can be likened to a combination of German electronic project Moderat.”
Mannequins on 7th Street are songwriter/vocalist Alexandre Lambrecht and producer Tim de Fontaine. Their tracks are pristine and polished; each subsequent offering has been a subtle refinement of their melancholy sound, which feels right at home with people like British heavy-weights the xx and darker, brooding electronic based music.
Formed whilst still at school in the fall of 2012 at the jazz studio in Antwerp, Belgium, the duo quickly realized they had a lot in common with both their musical influences and ambitions. “we started playing together and found out we also wanted to create the same atmosphere; that there was a whole universe of music we shared.” Incredibly, the track ‘Wailing Of Hesione’ was created the first time they played together.
The name Mannequins on 7th Street comes from a collection of poetry by Tamar Yoseloff. The meaning is not to be taken literally, but rather as an ambience. Very much inspired by the chaos in cities; the way people race by without giving much thought to what surrounds them; people’s looks lingering in the void, avoiding each other’s eyes; people being alone among an immensity; personalities blurred by consumerism and advertising; to a stereo-type of the body and way of life imposed by society; how meaningless and powerless we feel; “all dressed up, and nowhere to go.” mannequins are a kind of metaphor for this life that we look up to in the western world, but perhaps there isn’t much to look up to after all.