Now if you’ve been frequenting this site over its almost seven year history — goodness, the years fly on by — you’ve likely come across a handful of posts on the Paris, France-based psych punk/krautrock/global music act and early JOVM mainstay act La Femme. Comprised of founding members Marlon Magnée (keyboards), Sacha Got (guitar), Sam Lefevre (bass), Noé Delmas (drums) and Lucas Nunez, along with a rotating cast of vocalists including, Lara Luciani, Jane Peynot, Marilou Chollet and current lead vocalist Clemency Quélennec, the collective exploded into the international scene with the 2010 release of their debut EP Le Podium #1, an EP that landed on the Honorary Mentions sections of the Best of 2011 List for a decidedly French and breezy take on surfer rock. Interestingly, the French act’s 2013 full-length debut Psycho Tropical Berlin, was an wild expansion of the sound that first caught international attention as the album’s material meshed psychedelia, psychobilly, synth pop and krautrock in a trippy and difficult to pigeonhole fashion that managed to be both mischievous and totally French.
The Parisian collective’s highly-anticipated sophomore effort Mystere was released earlier this year and you may recall that I’ve written about three of the album’s singles — Sphynx,” a track that manages to evoke a lingering fever dream, “Ou va la mode” a somewhat stripped down track that seemed as though the French act were returning to the breezy and decidedly French take on surfer rock that comprised Le Podium # 1 but with warped, carnival from hell-like organ and “Septembre,” a track that sounded indebted to 60s psych rock and psych pop with a mournful, bittersweet air. The album’s fourth and latest single “Mycose” is a moody and somewhat atmospheric track comprised of undulating synths, a propulsive bass line, some industrial clang and clatter paired with punchily cooed lyrics and a psychedelic-leaning guitar solo. And of course, Mystere‘s latest single will further cement the French collective’s reputation for crating a propulsive and danceable sound that also manages to be difficult to pigeonhole.
Directed by Paul Gondry, the son of renowned director Michel Gondry, the recently released video for “Mycose” was shot on the streets of New York and while coolly seductive, the video possesses a nightmarish horror-film meetings high-fashion ad logic.