“Teatro Lúcido”: La Femme’s Iberian pop autumn collection

On its fourth album, the biarrot gang testifies to its love for Hispanic sounds.

After a triumphant summer tour, La Femme offers on her fourth album a sound trip entirely sung in the language of Rosalía, “with the help of Google Translate”, according to Sacha Got. No routine or automatism among these non-conformists who never cease to surprise us. The most attentive fans will still have perceived a foretaste of this new discographic chapter on the breathtaking Paradigms (2021), which already featured a contemplative song in Spanish (The garden).

On Teatro LucidoSacha Got and Marlon Magnée continue this tribute to Hispanic cultures by drawing their inspiration from their countless trips to Mexico and Spain, as on Sacatela, exotic single unveiled in the middle of summer hot. They used many Spanish-speaking female voices to perform most of the lyrics.

The voices of the two co-leaders appear on a handful of songs, with their pronounced French accent. “As usual, it wasn’t very thoughtful, explains Sasha, but it’s funny too. We hear our accent, like in English. We sing less than on other albums.” Marlon continues: “We don’t like to do like everyone else. It is important for us to change the game.”

Reggaeton, paso-doble and castanets

Contrary to fashions but grateful to their idols (yéyé pop, psychedelic rock, vintage electro…), the duo explores colorful styles (reggaeton, paso-doble, movida…), with local instruments (castanets, classical guitar, brass …) while avoiding the simple exercise of style. Between crumpled melancholy (Tren de la vida, Y tú te vas) and happy mayhem (Maialen, El Conde-Duque), Between elegant classicism and shady corners, the La Femme touch is undeniably present throughout these thirteen pieces, a sign that this formation with variable geometry has nevertheless forged a strong identity.

Allergic to the blank page and the on-site, the two thinking heads of La Femme present here the first volume of a series of thematic albums entitled Odyssey Collection, of which Marlon gives us some secrets. “We have already started writing the sequel: the aquatic part with drone and meditative music, the Hawaiian part…” We rejoice in advance by imagining what La Femme is preparing, galloping towards adventure.

Teatro Lucido (Sharp Disc/Idol/PIAS). Released November 4.

Source : BBN NEWS

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