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 the 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 with five albums in total has earned notable music recognition and the title of indie-pop aesthete in Greece.
- 2008 Lollipop
- 2010 Pasta Flora (in Greek)
- 2012 Minimal to Maximal
- 2015 High Times
- 2017 Erotica (in Greek)
- 2020 Easteria
Monsieur Minimal debuted with Lollipop in 2008, followed by numerous live performances in Greece and abroad, participation in music collections abroad (U.S.A, Switzerland, Turkey, France, Russia, Germany, Poland), soundtracks for TV spots and ads in U.S.A and Canada, collaborations with notable Greek and foreign artists (as the opening act in Moby’s concert in Greece in 2011) and with great presence in radio and television playlist, l.
His 2017 album, Erotica, released via Mo.Mi. Records featured prominent figures of the local scene and most notably the 70s pop singer Dakis. It’s safe to say that he’s making similarly 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.
Following the great impression from his last three singles Release Me, Easteria and Tonight (feat. Rosey Blue) and ahead of his new album with the figurative title “Easteria” (coming from the two words: East + Ηysteria) which is set to come out on November 3, 2020, Monsieur Minimal’s new album follows the same path of the vintage 70s ambience based in genres of blues, neo-soul, folk and modern psychedelic music under his unique Pop Aesthete filter. Its sexy-psychedelic synthesis of rolling guitars, sunny trumpet, sumptuous violin, and his sensuous vocals are a swaying force, capable of alleviating the listener from the mundane and into a wistful dreamlike state of mind.
Easteria is out now in CD and LP and all digital stores via Mo.Mi.Records.