Review by Annar Veröld.
Beginning as a fun and playful EP, La Podium #1 by LA FEMME rapidly turns into a horrible (yet interestingly addictive) acid trip, during which you lose the ability to process anything besides the fact that you have just tossed into a sea of incoherence. Perhaps the inability to comprehend the lyrics heightens your susceptibility to being devoured by the stimulation-overdrive, but the echoing voices and aggressive lo-fi/ surf madness has a clever way of successfully capturing your attention for the entire EP.
The first song, “Sur La Planche”, avalanches retro beats with waves of electric guitars and keyboards. Beginning with a few bass beats, the track progresses into sounding provocative, as if you are a high-speed car-chase, searching for promiscuity, but God knows that is most likely induced by an airy-voiced French woman.
Le Podium #1 quickly drops into the deep end of darkness. Tracks “La Femme Ressort” and “Telegraphe” are intimately dark and eerie, then progresses into what is imagined as witty and light-hearted teasing and prostitution in the red-light district. Perhaps the lyrics regard children eating hotdogs at a carnival—who really knows besides the French speakers of the world? Both tracks are have more hints of lo-fi and carry unmistakably dark and luring, however they mirror hypnotizing, dominatrix-porn music, yet they have an attractive undertone of fun, dance music.
After the overdose of confusion, the two minute and thirty second song, “Francoise”, doesn’t give you enough time to confiscate your thoughts, but sometimes, falling deeply into a foggy haze is exactly what the artist wants. At the least with “Francoise”, LA FEMME successfully traps their audience into a time-warp trance with seductive and beautiful French voices calling in the distance.
Even if you didn’t learn a single thing past “Tu” and “J’aime” during your 3 years and extra summer school course of academically-required French, LA FEMME engraves the catchy-phrases and hypnotizing syncopated rhythms into the shallow grooves of your brain. You’ll find yourself in a singing in a convincing, yet totally flubby and inaccurate French accent, cheerfully clapping to down-beats, while bobbing your head to lyrics you will never understand.
If Le Podium #1 doesn’t trigger a shameless erotic sensation within you, just take a glance at the band’s recently released censored EP cover. Regardless of what they are singing, LA FEMME will awaken your dark, dirty, and overly-excited foreign side.