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La Femme seduce Glasgow's Broadcast

09 December 2013, 11:36 | Written by Andrew Hannah

“Hello Glasgow, we are La Femme from Paris…and tonight La Femme will give you pleasure.”

La Femme are a gang. A sexy gang, with flick knives, like you might find in a Fassbinder film. The sort of people who’d sleep with you, but look bored the whole time and leave you bereft before first light. And here they were, the Parisian six-piece lined up in a row onstage at Glasgow’s Broadcast in front of a bank of synths, Moog and Theremin, coolly and confidently playing some songs from their latest album Psycho Tropical Berlin.

La Femme play a mix of surf rock, psych and synth pop, mixing the likes of Nuggets-era garage, the organ drones of Clinic and Stereolab and early 80s electro and new wave pop. It’s vintage, and it’s worn with effortless charm by this lot, not least lead vocalists Marlon Magnée and Clémence Quélennec who dominate the stage like seasoned performers. The show built through studied cool and slowly revealed a band with a great sense of fun, closing with a barnstorming trio of swirling psych songs: “La Femme Ressort”, “Mystere” and “Marie Marie”.

Although they’ve been going since 2010, this still feels like a fresh, new band and on this performance they’ll be ones to watch in 2014.

Amour dans le motu
Nous Etions Deux
La Femme
Paris 2012
Si un Jour
Sur la Planche
It’s Time to Wake Up
Anti Taxi
La Cabane Perchée
Welcome America
Paris Biarritz
La Femme Ressort
Marie Marie

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