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La Femme

More chic tropical psych vibes from French outfit!

La Femme


Mon, October 16

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$16.00 - $18.00

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This event is 21 and over

La Femme
La Femme
Direct from the Parisian overground French pop connoisseurs La Femme will release new album Mystère on the world this September. Hailing from Le Pré Saint Gervais and Ivry-sur-Seine’s winding rues, La Femme have made a huge mark on modern Paris's cultural landscape, with the two sides of the city –
the glamour and the grit - engrained in their music.
Ever since, the release of their debut album Psycho Tropical Berlin, that topped the French digital charts and the band appeared on national television as the Best New Band of the year at the French Music Awards, their rise has only gained momentum with fans including directors Jacques Audiard and Romain Gavras to legends Jean Michel Jarre and Hedi Slimane. More importantly, the album hit a note with the country's young population - the group will headline a 6000-capacity arena hometown show this coming
Returning with a more psychedelic sound and a range of guest vocalists that slice through the starkest of electro beats, Mystère sees La Femme celebrating all that’s wonderful about their city. From the chattering tête-à-tête heard on ‘Conversations Nocturnes’ that leads into the throbbing disco beat of ‘SSD’ – a direct reference to the pulsing nightlife hotspot and multi-cultural district Strasbourg Saint Denis where the band continue to work and play equally hard – “are you ready to go out, under the
threat of the town,” the lyrics translate. “You don’t want to give in and sometimes you need a bit of time to allow for your brain to take in the information and feel better about what’s happening,” they say.
Mystère’s true intrigue however, lies in La Femme’s enigmatic questioning of falling in and out of love.
Like a compendium of short stories describing the loves and losses of every boy and girl, each song
breaks down language barriers through inventive and astute knack for melody. The elation of a
passionate encounter is captured on ‘Tatiana’s ricocheting electronics whilst melancholic acoustic guitar
echoes the emptiness felt in ‘Le Vide Est Ton Nouveau Prenom’, the sorrow of a war-torn couple in
‘Psyzook’ and 13-minute wonder ‘Vagues’ is dripping in atmosphere recalling the band’s sun-kissed
memories of their early days surfing in Biarritz. “Ou Va Le Monde is not about the matrix system… it’s about life and love. Because now is the end of the past and the beginning of the future,” explains guitarist Sacha Got.
Whether delicate or drenched in dirty disco, the impact of Clémence, Marlon and Sacha’s gothic mantras
mixed with the guest vocal talent of Clara Luciani, Jane Peynot, Naomi Greene, Mathilde Marlière,
Angela Hureau, Battista Acquaviva and Sarah Ben Abdallah is perhaps where La Femme’s true meaning
can be found. "Nothing is frozen. La Femme is a solar system,” explains Sacha of his band’s all-inclusive
philosophy. “We don't like the idea of having a leader or a chief: everyone brings to the band what they
can and want..... It also suggests that the woman is a mystery."
disque pointu
Recorded between a castle in Brittany and a Paris basement before being finished up with Sonny Diperri
(Animal Collective) in LA, Mystère once again sees backgrounds blurred and worlds collide. The band’s
chic retro-futurist surf-pop sound possesses the same dose of glamorous punk stomp as before, but this
time around its layered with an elegant fusion of influences from Ennio Morricone, Marie Et Les Garcons’
disco-rock touch and the lysergic romanticism of The Velvet Underground. Through increased use of
strings and further exploration of sound, Mystère also incorporates the band’s new love of oriental
sounds, Turkish disco, Tuareg blues, medieval psychedelia to mainstays Brian Eno and Pink Floyd.
Recently unveiling the hallucinogenic video for the first single, the electro-psychedelic single 'Sphynx,' La
Femme will continue spreading their French words with energy, style and passion when they take to the
road. In October they return to the West Coast of America, a region that in their early days they spent a
lot of time traveling, honing their surf sound. Before they head to South America and returning to
Europe and to London for a big headline show at the Shepherd's Bush Empire on 17th November.
“Slow down, take it easy, put Mystère on the record player and allow yourself to be taken far away...”
they say. Liberté, égalité, fraternité. Everyone can be a part of La Femme’s world – and it has never felt
more alive.
Release date:
Jacque + Jacque = Jacques is the perfect equation that summarizes the multifaced identity of this artist with a disturbed haircut.

Born in Strasbourg, he came to Paris at 19 years old where he founded the collective Pain Surprises with which he has organized wild parties and created a record label.
His first EP « Tout est Magnifique » was released through Pain Surprises in 2015. On this record, Jacques knits garlands of sounds from the noises of nature and everyday objects that he has collected. The 4 songs of this EP reveal a music at the crossroads of techno and concrete music: the « transversal techno ».
The tracks « La Tournure des Choses » and « Faites Quelque Chose » are cadenced by the metronomic mechanism of an old clock and structured around a melody made from creaking wooden floors, fire crackling, rapid breathing and glass breakage.
On « Tout est Magnifique », the cries of the seagulls mixed with the soft violins bring Jacques to admit that « there is something that (he) doesn’t understand ».
Actually, we do understand that Jacques sculpts his music in the noise material he collects and delivers an unexpected and original sound poetry.

During his live shows, Jacques invites the public to bring everyday objects (plastic cups and keys are accepted but no shoes nor sandwiches, according to him) to construct exciting tracks live on stage. He makes a techno beat by looping sounds taken from the everyday objects and then creates melodic patterns together with guitar and vocals.
At first, his confidential performances were organized in Parisian artistic squats that he co-founded himself, such as Point G and Wonder, but soon his fascinating live sets attracted bigger crowds, curious to meet the man.
Every set is unique: Sometimes Jacques’s performance is intimate, the audience receives headphones and is invited to an attentive listening session close to meditation; Sometimes Jacques’s performance is based on powerful techno tracks built for huge warehouses like at Sonar and Dour Festival this year.

Today, Jacques is back from the future where, as he said, he met a lot of smart people and made a lot of contacts. He has released a new single last june « Dans la Radio » and is currently pursuing his philosophical quest of the Vortex singing « We all listen to the same song but don’t hear it the same way »; let’s meditate on that !