Released in 2010, La Femme’s debut EP, Le Podium #1 landed on the Honorary Mentions lists on this site’s first Best of List for a surfer rock sound that not only brought warm thoughts of summer to mind, it also brought to mind bands like the b52s, the Kinks, and even The Who Sings My Generation-era The Who.
Psycho Tropical Berlin, the band’s latest album, was released last year to critical praise form the likes of Brooklyn Vegan and others for it’s sound which manages to be a something of a departure as the band incorporates elements of psychedelica, psychobilly, minimalist electronica, along with the surfer rock that gained them international attention. In some way, it sounds as though the French band has suddenly been transported to a sweaty Berlin club, thanks to pulsating synths as you’ll hear on “Si Un Jour,” the latest single from the album. It’s a strange sound that’s simultaneously warm and danceable and yet chilly and mechanical – a sound that would only be possible in an increasingly global world.
You can catch the band during their North American tour, which starts on March 7 in Houston, TX and ends May 2 at the Austin Psych Fest, and includes three NYC area stops – March 23 at Glasslands Gallery; March 28th at Music Hall of Williamsburg and March 29 at the Bowery Ballroom.