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Artist: Le Femme
Label: Disque Pointu
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 02 September 2016

Direct from the Paris, French pop connoisseurs La Femme release their 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. 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...

Mystère is a trippy, enjoyable experience which sees us swept up and whisked over to Paris for a little slice of musical weirdness. This is a psychedelic pop album which sucks you in, chews you up and spits you out - leaving you a little disoriented.

It'll take a few listens to slip comfortably into Le Femme's odd world. There's tons of diversity here, with the music altering dramatically from track to track.

How diverse? Well, 'Le vide est ton nouveau prénom' encapsulates an etherhereal sound, not unlike an Ooberman track, while 'Où va le monde' houses a guitar riff that The Shadows would have been proud to have owned.

The album contains 15 songs (1 hr, 12 min, 22 sec) and there's so much here to explore, that it's certainly worthy of your time. It's an upbeat and incredibly fun album.


Nick Smithson

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