Paris’ inimitable space disco sextet L’Impératrice have released their anticipated second album ‘Tako Tsubo’ and invite us into their singular world where fun, grooves, and the freedom to be your authentic self reign. In celebration, they have shared a new single and video, Hématome. Dreamy, adventurous, and anchored by a deep seductive groove, Hématome is an epic to get lost in. The group’s witty social critique and otherworldly glamour are on full display in the accompanying video. Watch the Hématome video clip via YouTube below.
L’Impératrice previously gave us Peur des Filles: a sarcastically scathing ode to femininity, sprinkled with humor. It’s a decidedly modern track that is underscored by director Aube Perrie’s (Angèle, Bon Entendeur…) resolutely rebellious and playful music video, with references to Mars Attacks as well as to Warren G and 60’s horror movies.
Watch the Peur des Filles video
‘Tako Tsubo’ is the official name for broken-heart syndrome, (蛸 壺, from Japanese “octopus trap”), which manifests itself by a deformation of the heart due to an intense emotion – a negative or positive one. This title illustrates a flaw in the system, an abnormal EKG, an unusual break from the frenzy. Wouldn’t that be what the Great Lockdown of 2020 was all about?
All composed straddling a strange time, each of the 13 songs on the album is somehow a symptom of it. L’Impératrice lends itself brilliantly to this open-heart surgery.
L’Impératrice also recently shared Anomlie Bleue: a ballad halfway between Giorgio Moroder and George Orwell with a heady melody like the warm perfume of a winter evening.
Listen: Anomlie Bleue
Watch: Anomlie Bleue live
‘Tako Tsubo’ is out now. Produced by L’Impératrice and Renaud Letang (Feist, Philippe Katerine) and mixed by Neal Pogue (Tyler The Creator, Outkast, Janelle Monae).