Psycho Tropical Berlin by La Femme on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Joining the French duo Liminanas in nurturing France’s rock sensibilities, Le Femme—a quintet with female and male vocals—take the retro sounds of ‘60s French and psychedelic pop out of the garage and right into the living room: roll up the rugs! Psycho Tropical Berlin is aptly named, mixing as it does wildly divergent styles and sounds. Guitars drip with surf-rock reverb on tunes like “Sur la Planche 2013” and “Interlude,” noir-infused shadows color “Hypsoline,” and vintage ye-ye glee courses through “La Femme.” “Packshot” and “Antitaxi” even pack a new wave giddiness into the mix, with pulsing bass lines and gurgling keyboards driving infectious dance rhythms into the ground. Like any decent borrower of sounds from past rock deities, La Femme dip into the Modern Lovers playbook; the keyboard tones and progressions in “It’s Time to Wake Up 2023” and “Nous Etions Deux” are wonderfully rich with the soul of Modern Lovers classics like “Roadrunner.” Sixty minutes makes a hefty release these days, but it’s hard to say what could have been left out of this delightful, exuberant debut.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Joining the French duo Liminanas in nurturing France’s rock sensibilities, Le Femme—a quintet with female and male vocals—take the retro sounds of ‘60s French and psychedelic pop out of the garage and right into the living room: roll up the rugs! Psycho Tropical Berlin is aptly named, mixing as it does wildly divergent styles and sounds. Guitars drip with surf-rock reverb on tunes like “Sur la Planche 2013” and “Interlude,” noir-infused shadows color “Hypsoline,” and vintage ye-ye glee courses through “La Femme.” “Packshot” and “Antitaxi” even pack a new wave giddiness into the mix, with pulsing bass lines and gurgling keyboards driving infectious dance rhythms into the ground. Like any decent borrower of sounds from past rock deities, La Femme dip into the Modern Lovers playbook; the keyboard tones and progressions in “It’s Time to Wake Up 2023” and “Nous Etions Deux” are wonderfully rich with the soul of Modern Lovers classics like “Roadrunner.” Sixty minutes makes a hefty release these days, but it’s hard to say what could have been left out of this delightful, exuberant debut.

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About La Femme

Based in suburban Paris, the Krautrock-inspired indie collective La Femme incorporate elements of '60s surf, psych rock, EDM, and classic French pop into their avant indie electronic music. The group was formed in Biarritz, France by singer and keyboardist Marlon Magnée and guitarist Sacha Got. They released a self-titled EP in 2010 and followed it with Le Podium #1. A third EP, and their second self-titled effort, appeared in 2013 and marked their debut on the Disque Pointu label. With a roster of contributors, La Femme's debut long-player, Psycho Tropical Berlin, arrived in 2013 and made it onto the French albums chart. It later won a Victoire de la Musique, an award presented by the French Ministry of Culture, for Album Révélation of the Year. The follow-up, 2016's Mystère, was recorded partly in Los Angeles and partly in a castle west of Paris, and featured additional members Clémence Quélennec (vocals), Sam Lefèvre (bass), and Noé Delmas (drums) from the debut, as well as keyboardist/percussion Lucas Nunez Ritter. ~ Marcy Donelson

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