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Sat 24 Aug

Loverman is the alter ego of James de Graef, ex-member of Shht. Far from the experimental and unrestrained rock of his former band, this Belgian musician has completely reinvented himself for his solo project, donning the ultra-chic suit of the greatest brooding songwriters—listening to him brings to mind Leonard Cohen, Scott Walker, and Bill Callahan. Performed in his deep voice, his nuanced indie folk stealthily sidles its way into our ears. As one might guess from his pseudonym and the title of his first album (Lovesongs, released last autumn), there is much talk of love here, between tenderness and sorrow, between desire and disillusionment. On one of his velvety singles, Differences Aside, he invites us to join him: “Come along for the ride/Sing a song tonight.

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