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ARTIST
TITLE
Psycho Tropical Berlin (Deluxe Edition)
FORMAT
2CD

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CATALOG #
DP 003CD DP 003CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
4/1/2014

Disque Pointu presents a 2CD deluxe edition of the debut album by French indie-rock/lo-fi surf band La Femme, featuring a bonus CD that includes unreleased tracks. Despite their geographically-challenged location, here is a collective of French surf-pop connoisseurs. Their chic, retro-futurist take on the genre skews expectations. Since hitting the West Coast, the gang's reputation for finely-tuned, taut, stark anthems has spread like sea spray. No sooner than their debut album was released, it hit No.1 on the French digital charts and La Femme became the cover photo darlings for Magic, praised by Le Monde and Les InRocks (playing the magazine's Les InRocks Festival). This adoration sees a strong follow-through with La Femme making crowds dance from Les Eurockeennes to Rock En Seine Festival, with shows all around Europe and the UK, including support for James Blake. They have been accosted by and overwhelmed with praise from directors like Jacques Audiard and Romain Gavras, to legends Jean Michel Jarre and Hedi Slimane -- who used La Femme's version of "Oh Baby Doll" in his Saint Laurent campaign featuring Cara Delevingne. Guitarist Sacha Got was joined by Marlon Magnée (keyboard player) in coastal town Biarritz before the pair moved to Paris, soon meeting up with Sam Lefevre (bass guitarist), Nunez Ritter (percussion) and Noé Delmas (drummer), also seekers of teenage kicks. Nodding towards '60s yé-yé stars France Gall and Françoise Hardy, vocalists Clémence Quélennec, Clara Luciani, Jane Peynot, and Marilou Chollet have also moonlighted, adding to the enigma and elegance that is La Femme. From La Femme's fluid line-up and travels comes Psycho Tropical Berlin, a mixture of psychedelia, rockabilly, electro, and punk-infused surf. Inspired by a love of vintage sounds made by Gene Vincent, The Velvet Underground and Kraftwerk, what has emerged is a grim-meets-glam genre of its own; like a new-wave rave filtered through The Ventures' back catalog. While the song "Sur la planche" (trans. "On the Board") hurls down gigantic waves of surf guitar with ease and style, "Hypsoline" is a monster mash-up of trembling synths and deadpan vocals -- like an Addams Family luau floor-filler. A more stripped-back Stereolab sweetness is offered by the erotic Bauhaus rococo of "It's Time to Wake Up (2023)" and "Nous étions deux." At times synthetic, always hypnotic, and turning on a dime from aggressively dark to flippantly light-hearted.