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French band La Femme released ‘Psycho Tropical Berlin’ (LP stream, videos), planning 2014 North American Tour

by Bill Pearis

Why yes, they are French

The title of Parisian band La Femme‘s debut album, Psycho Tropical Berlin, is a pretty good summation of what to expect: crazed psychedelic pop with a krautrock/coldwave backbone and an affinity for surf rock. Add to that the inherent French element (Ye-Ye enthusiasm and smoky Gainsbourg cool), you get an inventive, highly entertaining album, and one of my favorites of 2013. You can stream the whole thing via YouTube below or via Rdio and Spotify. You can also check out snazzy video for singles “Hypsoline,” “Packshot,” and the groovy “Nous Etions Deux” (my favorite song on the LP), below as well.

La Femme haven’t been to North American in a couple years — maybe you saw them at 285 Kent with Crystal Stilts in 2011 — but the band recently posted on Facebook that they’re planning a two-month tour of North America in 2014 surrounding SXSW. You never know with foreign bands and our country’s visa department, but let’s hope it all works out. La Femme do have European dates lined up and those are listed, along with videos and the album stream, below.

La Femme – Nous Etions Deux

LA FEMME – Packshot

LA FEMME – Hypsoline

La Femme – Psycho Tropical Berlin (Full Album)

La Femme

La Femme – Psycho Tropical Berlin track list:
01 – Antitaxi
02 – Amour dans le motu
03 – La femme
04 – Interlude
05 – Hypsoline
06 – Sur la planche 2013
07 – It’s time to wake up 2023
08 – Nous ƒctions deux
09 – Packshot
10 – Saisis la corde
11 – Le blues de Franƒoise
12 – Si un jour
13 – La femme ressort
14 – Welcome America

La Femme – 2013 Tour Dates
Nov 14 – Le Trianon – Paris, France
Nov 16 – Le Forum – Le Mans, France
Dec 04 – The Louisiana – Bristol, UK
Dec 05 – Birthdays – London, UK
Dec 06 – Sound Control – Manchester, UK
Dec 07 – Mad Ferret – Preston, UK
Dec 08 – Broadcast – Glasgow, UK
Dec 10 – Espace Gérard-Philippe – Fontenay-sous-Bois, France
Dec 10 – Espace Gerard Philipe – Fontenay-sous-Bois, France
Jan 07 – Club Schocken – Stuttgart, Germany
Jan 08 – Künstlerhaus Mousonturm – Frankfurt, Germany
Jan 09 – Zentralcafé im K4 (Künstlerhaus) – Nuremberg, Germany
Jan 10 – Bassy Cowboy Club – Berlin, Germany
Jan 11 – Molotow – Hamburg, Germany
May 21 – Scala – London, UK
May 31 – Scala – London, UK

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