French band La Femme will release their debut album Mystère this September 2nd via Disque Pointu. 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.
On their new album, La Femme 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 retro-futurist surf-pop sound possesses the same dose of glamorous punk stomp as before, but this time around its layered with a 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.
La Femme Tour Dates
Oct 19 – Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
Oct 21 – Montreal, QC – Theater Fairmount
Oct 23 – Orange County, CA – Beach Goth Festival
Oct 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Regent Theater
Oct 26 – San Francisco, CA – The Rickshaw Stop
Oct 28 – Seattle, WA – Barboza
Oct 29 – Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt
Oct 30 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge