The co-founder of the group Les Objets and the successful project Nouvelle Vague, died this Wednesday at the age of 57.
In recent months, he had not failed to celebrate online the 30th anniversary of the normality, the first album of the Objects. Co-founder with Jérôme Rousseaux of this dapper French pop duo at the dawn of the 90s, Olivier Libaux was found lifeless at his home on Tuesday. He was 57 years old. For three busy decades, this native of Boulogne-sur-Mer was one of the finest craftsmen of French sound, and around his high solid stature revolved numerous projects in troop which have gloriously crossed borders. His “clear line” guitars and his invigorating compositions brought in the Age of Objects a credible French response to the Woodentops, Smiths and other Monochrome Sets – British heroes from whom they feverishly took over. The Jet Set Junta. Signed at Columbia, clipped by Michel Gondry for his second album (Who is who ?, in 1994), however, the duo obtained less success than the esteem long held by all those to whom they paved the way. Once the group separated (Rousseaux will make solo career under the name of Ignatus), the idealist Olivier Libaux will take several years to find a creative flame worthy of his first sparks, being satisfied to maintain that of the others (Dalcan, Carla Bruni) of his guitars always perfectly hemmed.
The 2000s, on the other hand, are for him those of a great conflagration, when he writes, composes and arranges the musical with a light heart but a dark soul, The Heroine in the Bath (2003), to which Philippe Katerine, Helena Noguerra, Lio or even Dominique Dalcan bring their vocal fantasy. Fan of Jacques Demy as of Tim Burton, Libaux then finds tunnels of correspondence between Michel Legrand and Danny Elfman, but the project, too ambitious, will not be adapted on stage. The lesson learned, he does it again in 2007 with a closed session around four characters (Katerine and Noguerra again, joined by Barbara Carlotti and Jipé Nataf) baptized Imbecile, funny and squeaky like Noel Coward meeting Brassens and Rezvani, which this time is staged with a production by Olivier Martinaud.
In the meantime, in 2004, Olivier Libaux found an unstoppable martingale under the name Nouvelle Vague, a choral project that he created with Marc Collin, by adapting for female voices key titles of the Anglo-Saxon new wave (XTC, The Cure, Buzzcocks, Undertones…) in bossa nova versions and other exotic balms. Concept declined half a dozen times on disc and hundreds in concerts on all continents until this fall, when the band had just returned from the United States to begin a tour of Europe. In a similar vein, this time with a range of international voices (Emiliana Torrini, Inara George, Shivaree …), he had adapted to his acoustic style the torrential songs of the Americans of Queens of The Stone Age (Uncovered QUOTE, 2014), praised by Josh Homme himself. “Olivier was great, Olivier was precious, he will be sorely missed”, says the official statement of Nouvelle Vague at the disappearance of this handsome elegant.