Formed back in 2012, L’Impératice is a rising Paris-based electro pop sextet currently featuring founder Charles de Boisseguin (keys), Hagni Gown (keys), David Gaugué (bass), Achille Trocellier (guitar), Tom Daveau (drums) and Flore Benguigui (vocals), who joined the band in 2015.
Since their formation, the band has been rather busy: they released their self-titled debut in 2012, their sophomore EP Sonate Pacifique in 2014 and their third EP Odyssée in 2015. Interestingly, a re-edited and remixed edition of Odyssée, L’Empreruer, a slower version of the original, inspired by a fan mistakenly playing Odyssée at the wrong speed was released the following year. An acoustic version, featuring violin, cello and acoustic guitar was released in 2017.
2018 saw the release of the band’s full-length debut Matahari. The album featured “Erreur 404,” which the band performed on the French TV show Quotidien. After two years of touring to support their full-length debut, the band released their first bit of new material since Matahari — “Exit,” and its French version “Fou.” The French electro pop sextet’s latest single “Voodoo?” is a slinky, disco-influenced strut centered around a propulsive groove, atmospheric synths, arpeggiated bass synths, jazz-like percussion, Nile Rodgers-like guitar and Benguigui’s sultry, come-hither vocals.
The recently released video is centered around live footage of L’Impératrice performing the song in a sparsely decorated studio. And it should give the viewer a sense of the band’s live set and sound.
Much like countless bands across the globe, the rising Parisian act had plans to build upon a growing profile with a world tour that would have included their Coachella debut and stops in Los Angeles and NYC. But as a result of COVID-19 bands have come up with creative ways to connect with their fans: the members of the rising French act will be making a digital world tour that includes virtual stops in LA on July 14, 2020 and NYC on July 15, 2020. Each show will be geoblocked, only air once and feature a local opener.
Information for both shows are below:
Los Angeles: https://www.facebook.com/events/908090183002985/