Manon Meurt is a dream pop/shoegaze quartet from Rakovnik, Czech Republic. They formed in 2010 and used to call themselves Katie & The Accessories. In 2013, they changed their name to Manon Meurt. It’s probably a safe assumption that the band name comes from the 18th century French short novel Manon Lescaut, by Abbé Prévost. The titular character dies a tragic death in the end. Manon dies. Manon meurt.
I don’t know anything about this band. I stumbled upon a different song while I was working on a different post and I promised myself that I would write about them as soon as I could.
Judging from the songs that I’ve heard, the band is influenced by Slowdive more than any other band, but certainly by the whole UK shoegaze/dream pop movement in the early to mid 1990s.
There are six songs on the self-titled EP, and they’re all great. This isn’t the first song that I heard, but it’s the one that I like the most at the moment.
“’94” by Manon Meurt
It’s a bit of a slow burner. I love the way that it starts off so very gently. The ringing guitar bit balanced heavily to the left channel and Káta Elznicová’s soft vocals heavily to the right. For the first 90 seconds, that’s all there is, and it’s quite soothing. By 1:31, the drums creep in, and slowly, the bass and other guitar come in. By 3:00, the audio balance is pretty level and the song starts to pick up the pace and intensity.
Between 3:00 and 4:24, there’s a steady ascent to its dizzying height. During this section, I’m reminded of Cranes. Not any song in particular, but just very Cranes-y in a general kind of way. Obviously Káta Elznicová doesn’t have a singing style that’s anything close to Alison Shaw’s very distinctive voice, but there’s something about the whole package that reminds me of Cranes.
For extra credit, here’s a video of the band playing ” ’94” live.
For even more extra credit, here’s a video of the band playing a cover of “When the Sun Hits” by Slowdive. The quality of the recording isn’t fantastic, but they’re playing the song well and adding their own touch:
You can buy a download of Manon Meurt from the bandcamp page here. If it matters, 100 Czech koruna is equal to about $4.50 USD, €3.60, or £2.81.