Do., 17. März | München

LA FEMME

Paradigmes Tour
LA FEMME

17. März 2022, 19:00
München, Speicherstraße 26, 81671 München, Deutschland

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LA FEMME - Paradigmes Tour Paradigmes (Disque Pointu / IDOL) Release date: 2nd of April 2021

Few  bands have invigorated French pop like La Femme over the last decade,  and in 2021, they’re coming to make all of our lives better. Paradigmes,  the much-awaited third album from the Paris-based, Biarritz band,  offers a shift in how we see the world, a kaleidoscopic vortex to a  different, more vibrant dimension.

La  Femme have always assimilated the sounds that surround them. Their 2013  debut album Psycho Tropical Berlin paid homage to kosmische, surf rock  and cold wave; the followup - 2016’s Mystère - hybridised elements of  psych disco, Egyptian iconography and intoxicating flavours of 90’s  Motown hip hop. It’s music for the internet age that draws on vintage  and eclectic good taste, where playful, sonic Dadaist collages are  turned into something ebullient and remarkable, strewn with lyrics that  are feisty, funny, philosophical and sometimes forlorn.

The  two main songwriters who started the band together, Sacha Got and  Marlon Magnée, are the traditional heart of La Femme, and their vision  is consolidated on stage by the masterful rhythm section of Sam Lefevre  and Noé Delmas (bass and drums, respectively), and sublimated by the  vocal talents of female singers like Alma Jodorowsky, Clara Luciani,  Clémence Quélennec, Grâce Hartzel and Jane Peynot: “There are quite a  lot of jazz musicians on this album,” say Got and Magnée, “and loads of  female singers - as there were on the previous records. The banjo player  on ‘Disconnexion’ comes from Memphis. But as always, there are no  official featured artists or guest star appearances.”

Within  this album of beautifully-curated electropop you will hear everything  from coldwave to yéyé, Kraftwerk to Velvet Underground, all distilled  and sequenced and psychedelicized so that it sounds uniquely La Femme.  The title track is a brassy blast of sizzling electro that imbues the  spirit of flappers and philosophers, cabaret and art deco and Fritz  Lang’s masterpiece Metropolis, all underpinned with a touch of lyrical  melancholy. These retrofuturist influences are brought to the fore in  the video too, and we’ve also been promised a La Femme feature film  that’s currently in post-production which has been described as a cross  between Monty Python and Phantom of the Paradise!

Paradigmes  too is cinematic; a celluloid-like window into a playful alternative  universe where travelling far and wide is still the order of the day.  It’s a psychogeographic and sometimes psychotropic trawl which includes a  detour to the apricot gardens of the Iberian Peninsula on the gorgeous  Spanish language ballad ‘Le Jardin’. ‘Foreigner’ meanwhile is a synthpop  banger recited in English.

Speaking  of which, America is an important part of Paradigmes, and its rugged  landmass looms large. At the album’s heart is a triptych of songs with  titular US place names, some conjured from experience, and others  dredged up from the  imagination. ‘Cool Colorado’ melts the senses  majestically as it recounts a glorious smoke in the Rockies; ‘Pasadena’  is a moody rap song set at school, and ‘Nouvelle Orléans’ swirls with  swooping backwards electric guitars and forward-looking electro  arpeggios, peripatetic bass and breakbeats.

Furthermore  ‘Le sang de mon prochain’ is a vampire love song that’s related to the  myth of the succubus, and instrumental ‘Lâcher de chevaux’ evokes  spaghetti westerns seen through the eyes of Italian geniuses like Enio  Morricone and Giorgio Moroder, lassoing Americana and giving it a  distinctly European feel. And let’s not forget ‘Foutre le bordel’, a  song that perhaps remains best untranslated, a kickass motorik punk  party anthem that also could have been produced by Moroder and performed  by the specter that possessed Plastic Bertrand.

“Geography  must be important to us because of the fact we travelled quite a lot  over the last few years, and different places brought different  inspiration to us. We like the folklore of places and what comes out of  them.” As a band of great international standing who’ve played  everywhere, from Glastonbury, Austin Psych Fest, Sziget, to Music Wins  in Argentina, they are looking to stand on their own feet with this  coming self-produced release, going fully independent in partnership  with their distributors Idol for all regions. And let’s hope they’ll be  able to reach some of those regions next year too.

“A  bit like everyone else, it is very hard to plan anything or to know  when we are going to be able to play again. We try to plan things, but  given the current situation, we have not announced any concert yet.” La  Femme’s legendary live shows are aesthetically rich and decadently  bawdy, like catwalk runways crossed with Caligula, though we may have to  enjoy the adventures of Paradigmes from the comfort of our own homes,  like that great dandy armchair explorer des Esseintes in the symbolist  classic À rebours. Whatever happens, La Femme’s next record will  definitely brighten up 2021 that little bit more. Paradigmes is a record  that lives in the moment, even if that moment is a challenge right now.

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