Kevin lmbrechts is Illuminine, emissary of melancholy and figurehead of minimal music in Belgium. In a world and a time of chaos, he radically keeps calm, guitar in lap. Alone in his room, but that doesn't make the listener any less welcome.
In 2015, Illuminine debuted with '#1'. He put on his bold shoes and sent the music to Birgir Jón Birgisson, Sigur Rós' sound engineer and the two quickly became partners in melancholy. Birgisson was also behind the buttons on successors '#2' and'#3', records that contain the art of travelling without having to go in a straight line to a destination. lmbrechts found peace and connection in lceland. 'Those warm but at the same time cold and deep sounds of their music, and the melancholic character of it: that seeps indirectly into what I make.’
And what Illuminine makes strikes a chord with people all over the world who need it. In total, Imbrechts has since found more than 50 million kindred souls on Spotify. It earned him attention from renowned international media such as BBC, KEXP, The Guardian and Pitchfork. TV and radio makers from around the world often use his music to reinforce moments of reflection. In recent years, Kevin lmbrechts composed the music for Eric Goens and Diederd Esseldeurs' Belgian docufilm, 'De Stig' (2020), the British ITV series 'Against The Odds' (2022) and the Xbox game 'Somerville' (2022), among others.
After collaborating with Birgisson, lmbrechts would get to know many more kindred souls. He had his music and compositions recorded by befriended artists on solo piano, and recently he heads the A&R (Artist and Repertoire) of the new Hamburg label 'Blue Marble', where he works with artists such as Janus Rasmussen (Kiasmos), Niklas Paschburg, among others. Over the years, he has collaborated with the likes of Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie (USA, A Winged Victory for the Sullen), Alex Somers (IS, Sigur Ros, Jónsi), Will Samson (UK), Francesco Fabris (IT, 'Dark' Netflix), Valgeir Sigurdsson (IS), Jan Swerts (BE), Federico Albanese (lT) and so on.
With '#4', eight years after his debut, Illuminine takes matters completely into his own hands: he wrote, produced and mixed the record on his own. More than technical perfection, this extraordinarily pure album is about what happens inside. 'There's no fog hanging around, no bells and whistles. 'This is who I am, as raw as can be,' Imbrechts himself says of it.