Direct from the Parisian overground French pop connoisseurs La Femme will release new album Mystère on the world this September.
Hailing from Le Pré Saint Gervais and Ivry-sur-Seine’s winding rues, La Femme have made a huge mark on modern Paris’s cultural landscape, with the two sides of the city – the glamour and the grit – engrained in their music.
Debut album Psycho Tropical Berlin topped the French digital charts and the band won Best New Band of the year at the French Music Awards, they return with a more psychedelic sound and a range of guest vocalists that slice through the starkest of electro beats.
“Nothing is frozen. La Femme is a solar system,” explains Sacha of his band’s all-inclusive philosophy. “We don’t like the idea of having a leader or a chief: everyone brings to the band what they can and want….. It also suggests that the woman is a mystery.”
La Femme’s latest video for ‘Septembre’ sees the band replace their three piece suits and neckerchiefs for lighter attire, taking a trip to the beach alongside guest vocalist Angela Hureau and hitting the surf in Biarritz – France’s answer to Redondo.
The rest of the album was recorded between a castle in Brittany and a Paris basement before being finished up with Sonny Diperri in LA, Mystère once again sees backgrounds blurred and worlds collide. The band’s chic retro-futurist surf-pop sound possesses the same dose of glamorous punk stomp as before, but this time around its layered with an elegant fusion of influences from Ennio Morricone, Marie Et Les Garcons’ disco-rock touch and the lysergic romanticism of The Velvet Underground.
Through increased use of strings and further exploration of sound, Mystère also incorporates the band’s new love of oriental sounds, Turkish disco, Tuareg blues, medieval psychedelia to mainstays Brian Eno and Pink Floyd.
“Slow down, take it easy, put Mystère on the record player and allow yourself to be taken far away…” they say. Liberté, égalité, fraternité. Everyone can be a part of La Femme’s world – and it has never felt more alive.