Direct from the Paris, French pop connoisseurs La Femme have released new album Mystère.. 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. La Femme’s latest video “Mycose” was shot in New York by Michel Gondry’s son, Paul Gondry.
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.”
The rest of the album was recorded between a castle in Brittany and a Paris basement before being finished up with Sonny Diperri (Animal Collective) 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. New Album Mystère, Out Now on Disque Pointu.