• Image of Leopardo "Malcantone" LP (SDZ 026)

Après un premier album solo sorti en 2018 ("Di Caprio"), Leopardo s’entoure de musicien.ne.s de la scène alternative suisse pour un deuxième album et une flopée de concerts. Sort alors en 2019 "Is It An Easy Life ?", manifeste électrique aux chansons d’amour d’un romantisme et d’un optimisme presque naifs. Cette fresque moderne mi-pop mi-punk, à la fois rayonnante et désabusée, les avait porté.e.s dans une tournée à travers l’Europe.

Avec ce nouvel album "Malcantone" (le canton du mal), Leopardo explore les contrées plus sombres de la vie et de l’amour, incarnées dans une voix nonchalante de crooner inquiet d’approcher la trentaine.

Tout en s’inspirant des philosophes pessimistes, "Malcantone" rend hommage à Robert Walser et son amour pour le malheur et les montagnes, en teintant d’une esthétique country et post-punk les sonorités religieuses d’un Velvet Underground. On y retrouve aussi les Country Teasers ou Michael Hurley, qui habitaient les soirées partagées au Spazio Morel (Lugano), où veillaient tard les membres du groupe.

Ce nouveau disque sort sur SDZ Records (Europe), Le Pop Club (Suisse) et Feel It records (USA/Canada).


Leopardo started as a solo project with debut album "Di Caprio" in 2018. It then became a band, with musicians from Fribourg and Tessin's underground music scene (Switzerland). Together they released a second album, "Is It An Easy Life ?" in 2019. Although the project started with optimistic and romantic love songs (which they sometimes still write), time came for the band to explore other aspects of life and love, mostly on the bad sides, which can be heard in their latest record "Malcantone".

Drawing inspiration from the pessimistic school of philosophers and paying tribute to Robert Walser and his love for unhappiness and mountains, this new atmosphere naturally impacted Leopardo's music, adding to the "Velvet Underground-kinda-sound” a dissonant country/post-punk crooner aesthetic, sprinkled with nonchalance. Almost all members of Leopardo were living together at Spazio Morel in Lugano, and late at night they sure listened to a lot of Country Teasers, Lou Reed and Michael Hurley.

This new album is released on SDZ Records (Europe), Le Pop Club (Suisse) and Feel It records (USA/Canada).

"Somewhere in the elastic universe of speculative ontology a troupe of well-mannered Euros saw the June 1st, 1974 concert in London, took this sole germ back to the serene Swiss Alps (birthplace of LSD) and fecundated it with honesty - like some lifelong lysergic therapy session - until they emerged saturated with colors no one knows the name of, dripping of colors that sound like motions known solely to them. And now they've invited the rest of the world to hear. Upon first listen I was reminded of how exciting those Jeffrey Novak solo albums were - delicate pop music accessible to us, uh... malcontents. Providing the mids between Eno's highs and Ayers' lows, it's a stunning display of both art and artisanship, and like a kid who aces his test without studying, it seamlessly incorporates the crisp aural aesthetic of Chrome and layered nonchalance of Velvet Underground without stepping into the gated communities of those bands' wannabees. Echoes of Morton, Cale, Barrett... a madcap laughing, white heat from warm jets in the eyeball of hell... And yet, it sounds only like Leopardo. Make sure you listen to it seven times in a row like I did."
-Brandon Gaffney