Sunkissed indie-pop with laid-back electro harmonies
Monsieur Minimal (real name Christos Tsitroudis) is an indie-pop musician and producer from Greece. His musical style could come from any era and if not for a copyright date, it would be hard to pinpoint when his albums are exactly released. Monsieur Minimal’s dreamy slices of 60s and 70s nostalgia come across like Serge Gainsbourg jamming with Claudine Longet and the Carpenters. Of course this ethereal and bewitching music of the past is much revered by today’s aficionados of smooth, sophisticated 60s pop. But Monsieur Minimal doesn’t stay there; he combines the echoes of spring-like chanson française with synths that could come out of a Daft Punk or an M83 album. In the end, the music is hard to pin down to one genre and pairing the fact with his talent of making simple and yet addictive melodies make for an intriguing listen.
Monsieur Minimal debuted with Lollipop in 2008, followed by numerous live performances in Greece and abroad and five albums in total. His latest one, Erotica, was released in 2017 via Mo.Mi.Records, featuring prominent figures of the local scene and most notably the 70s pop singer Dakis. Now, it’s safe to say that he’s making similar mood explorations based on sun-kissed vintage pop, and multiple shades of electronica and chillwave. Monsieur Minimal is a true melody-maker. His style is simple and elegant, warm and graceful, leaving space for the listener to enter into his familiar and, still, utterly timeless songs.