The story of La Femme agrees Sacha Acquired, one-third of the French psych-pop band’s core nucleus, is just not in contrast to a situation from a film. All of the romance of a highway journey selecting up if not passengers then success from place to position. Dot and faculty pal Marlon Magnée grew up in Biarritz in South West France, a scenic city with a big proportion of the inhabitants at pensionable age, the remainder visiting younger and spirited summer season surfers. The pair moved to Paris as younger adults, forming La Femme in 2010 with bass participant Sam Lefevre and famously recruited vocalist Clémence Quélennec by way of My House.
La Femme performed a 20 date tour of the US out of their very own pockets, DIY-style, heralded by the Parisian music scene upon their return as pop stars who took on America, and gained.
in 2021 and set to launch their third album this week, La Femme exist in a world of easy cool.
“We aren’t like Daft Punk, however first within the underground folks we started to get common then we’ve moved a bit far. I’d say we’re massive for underground folks however little for the mainstream folks, we’re in between,” says Sacha.
The brand new file Paradigms, the band’s ever omnipresent glamour in its sounds and visuals are very there, however with an added emphasis greater than ever on viewing life by means of a cynical, fatalistic lens. Not resignation precisely, extra an acknowledgement that life’s a bitch then you definately die, so to style any pleasures to absolutely the full. It’s a file of unhappy fucking, joyful fucking, predictions of demise and darkness delivered with wit.
And extra highway journeys and journey.
Sacha is in his flat in his house city once we speak over Zoom. The current single ‘Cool Colorado’ merely should be complimented early on within the dialog. On it, brass brightens the 60s and 70s psychedelia and rock guitar licks, saved in verify by Sacha’s deadpan vocal supply. Then there’s the Mike Flowers Pops-style wig within the video. And shades and a lounge lizard swimsuit.
“Are you aware this man from England, Mike Flowers Pops?” he asks.
You should be studying my thoughts, Sacha.
“I found Mike Flowers Pops simply after we did this track. It was an indication, you realize?” he smiles, and provides Brian Jones’ legendary hair may need one thing to do with it too.
Did Sacha hold the wig?
“No, however possibly I can get it again…”
‘Cool Colorado’ is a highway journey track in itself, written after an idyllic pleasure-filled day in Denver, mid-tour. An ideal day, he remembers, of freedom and dwelling within the now. Gifting him a really uncommon pure feeling.
“The climate was very good and sunny; I used to be smoking. I used to smoke a number of weed at this level, it was authorized there and I had a sense you may smoke exterior. No person bothers you, you meet some good folks, easy emotions I attempted to explain on this track.”
Combining the enjoyment and great thing about melody with the gritty realities of life continues on ‘Paradigms’, full-on dancefloor get together tunes to the melancholic and tender. The attractive dreamy and reflective ‘Le Jardin‘ is as candy as honey, delicate however carrying the La Femme aftertaste.
‘Le Jardin’ got here from Sacha having too many lager shandies and falling off his skateboard, ending up with damaged bones and upcoming plans ruined.
‘I had a number of time for pondering, you realize. I used to be alone on the hospital and I used to be, “fuck I used to be occurring vacation, all the things was good after which all the things switches and in hospital with my hand damaged and other people speaking to me in Spanish…fuck” however quickly I spotted I thought of it and wrote this track. It’s life, you realize.”
“At any second you possibly can have an accident, have a illness however on the identical second, you possibly can learn a terrific story and have good things in your life. You go from one finish to a different in a short time and dramatic issues. Count on nothing from life is an effective philosophy as a result of if you happen to anticipate an excessive amount of you’re at all times upset.”
‘Foreigner’, the only real track sung in English on Paradigms is digital and extremely danceable, and so bloody darkish. It’s a couple of man who will get cheated on by his girlfriend (‘you fucked this man and not using a condom, a DJ or no matter,’) and feels misplaced as if in a international, alien nation. We’ve all been there.
“Generally it’s important to dance in your issues, you realize? It’s a great way to do music and to reside. Dancing on the dangerous stuff of life and issues.”
La Femme describe the recording of Paradigms the album as messy however listening, it’s something however. Slickly produced with out shedding any of the chunk nor mixing it out or concealing darker parts. It was made in France, the US and Spain – extra journey adventures – as and when, with generally gaps of weeks lengthy between classes.
“As a substitute of again to again recording we go along with our laptop computer in every single place. Some takes are from totally different studios and a few purists of music they’re ‘oh, how is it doable, with me after I file, all of the drums go in the identical place, all of the vocals in the identical place.’ With us, it’s extra a patchwork, of a number of takes.”
If anybody comes up with a greater evaluation of the band’s ‘if Lou Reed was in Kraftwerk, enjoying in Parisian cabaret golf equipment’ description of the file, then let’s hear it. The Velvet Underground darkish temper they like a lot is felt, and Kraftwerk’s distinctive sense of thriller and creative expression. Add the folding in of yé-yé, Serge Gainsbourg and Françoise Hardy make Paradigms thrilling, horny and concurrently considerate, with that particular glamour to each eye and ear.
Visuals are an important a part of the band’s creativity and the connection with trend is ever-present, though Sacha is at pains to emphasize the musical focus firmly. It’s a part of their id to swerve the on a regular basis, and the generic rock band look.
“Once we started to make this band it was the style to put on white t-shirts and denims and all people needed to look regular, play guitar on the roof which is de facto boring,” says Sacha. “We have been ‘OK, let’s be extra loopy, extra loopy garments.’”
They have been muse to CELINE’s Hedi Slimane, who created a set impressed by the band and used their music and appears for his exhibits and frequently options them in his photograph diary Louis Vuitton additionally used their earlier monitor ‘Sphynex‘ for the Runway Cruise present. Their monitor ‘Oh Child Doll’ was additionally used for YSL mascara industrial starring Cara Delavigne.
“The actual fact of dwelling in Paris, it’s a trend metropolis by excellence. Due to that, we’re on this world. We go to the style events as a result of there have been free drinks and so they invite us and it’s good, you realize. Folks like to ask us to events as a result of we’re cool and blah blah blah, however we’re not trend folks, we’re music folks. In Paris, trend is in every single place, you possibly can’t keep away from it, all the things is related to it.”
The track on ‘Paradigme’ is eerily prophetic. “In the course of the night time the paradigms fade away, masks come off to have fun the void and lunacy,” it goes. Extra masks. Written about earlier than they acquired fashionable.
“We wrote the lyrics earlier than the pandemic, nothing would be the identical anymore, masks off. It’s true that nothing will be the identical anymore however you possibly can say this at any time. It at all times going to be true. As a result of it’s life,” he says.
La Femme are making a movie. It’s a spoof of these previous late night time dialogue programmes giving airtime to oddballs and eccentrics not permitted onscreen earlier than darkish when respectable upstanding folks have been watching. It options all of the songs on Paradigms, and Sacha stars as a thinker, sucking on a pipe, pondering and speaking nonsense. While the studio viewers grasp on to his each phrase. It’s a mixture of Monty Python and the Rocky Horror Present.
“Everyone will drink and smoke and saying silly stuff.”
Are you continue to allowed to smoke in France?
He shakes his head, no. Then smiles and laughs, like he’s simply considered it. “That’s an excellent level to make a film, you realize?”
Appears all the things La Femme reside and breathe and create is within the mindset of It’s simply life, so go forward and reside it. A wonderful philosophy, certainly.
Paradigms by La Femme is launched on 2 April.