La Femme - 'Psycho Tropical Berlin'
Overall you just wish the band had spent less time reading music history, and more time getting on with it
At its best, this debut album by French quintet La Femme brings together influences of ’50s Americana, ’60s French pop and ’80s synthpop and coldwave quite marvellously. The eponymous ‘La Femme’ glides like sci-fi Serge Gainsbourg, ‘It’s Time To Wake Up 2023’ throbs with krautrock strangeness and ‘Sur La Planche 2013’ is Hank Marvin gone goth. At its worst, though, its constant rehashing of the past creates a dull Groundhog Day effect. Attempts at electro (‘Welcome To America’) are annoying, and homages to surf rock (on ‘Hypsoline’) and Depeche Mode (‘Nous Etions Deux’) are predictable. Overall you just wish the band had spent less time reading music history, and more time getting on with it.
Record label: Disque Pointu
Release date: 18 Nov, 2013