By Nora Hogan
The official death announcement of the legendary French electropop duo, Daft Punk, came as a shock to many across the globe. If you or a loved one felt personally affected by Daft Punk’s disbandment, grieve no more for I am about to tell you of another French band that will soothe your need for trendsetting European techno music.
I first came across L’Impératrice when their single “Peur des filles” appeared on the Discover Weekly playlist on my Spotify. Considering that the song is an absolute bop and a half, I immediately got hooked.
The song starts off with a syncopated snare drum beat, some Scooby-Doo-esque light screaming and a suspenseful violin solo. I’m assuming that this jarring combo is intended to scare off any unwelcome anti-indie listeners, because 20 seconds later, the song launches its disco-funk melody into listeners’ eardrums and successfully works its way into the cranium. You finish listening to the song only to rewind it to the beginning to listen to it again. It’s just that good. The song is the best kind of earworm: It’s simple and catchy enough to be able to sing in a foreign language but complex enough to not get annoyed listening to it, at least for after the first thousand times.
The band’s newest album Tako Tsubo, which features “Peur des filles,” consists entirely of other French discotheque bops. The songs range in emotion, from sad sunset to doing highly illegal drugs at Parisian nightclubs vibes.
If I convinced you to listen to L’Impartice, I must impart one final recommendation before I end this article. You must listen to “Peur des filles” while walking with headphones on a city street. The vibes while doing this and this alone are immaculate beyond belief. And to this, I must say, bon voyage!