TRACK REVIEW: Yelle “Bouquet Final”

 

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Francophone electropop powerhouse band Yelle just graced the world with a new single and it is everything that you would expect out of the quirky and lively band. Yelle’s first album, Pop Up was released in 2007 and featured a non-stop array of electric, hip-rattling beats, with tracks like “Mal Poli” (Rude) to the slower-paced and enticing “Tu est beau” (You Are Beautiful).

Their second album, 2011’s Safari Disco Club reached no.9 in the U.S Billboard 2011 chart in the Dance/Electronic Albums category. The album included the thumping & insanely fun single “Safari Disco Club,” the contagious “Que Veux Tu” (What Do You Want?), and the sing-along-even-if-you-don’t-understand-French track “Comme Un Enfant” (Like a Child).

Yelle has found worldwide success, including opening for Katy Perry on tour, even though they only record in their native French (if you don’t include the bi-lingual track Cooler Couleur). Yelle fans can now rejoice as the band just announced its pretty impressive 2014 North American tour lineup in promotion of their third album, Complètement Fou, set to be released this fall. They play Irving Plaza in October, and I will be the first to admit that this makes me giddy.

The first single off of the new album, “Bouquet Final” (Grand Finale) is classic Yelle. The love song includes a perpetually cool, static-y beat, married with a bouncy synth rhythm that bursts like bubble gum. When accompanied by Julie Budet’s silky voice, the song is pure, intoxicating gold, thanks in to small part to production credits from none other than Dr. Luke, who has helmed projects from pop’s biggest names. The record’s title translates to “Completely Crazy” so there’s little doubt we’re likely to hear some off-the-wall bangers guaranteed to get any party started, whether or not the club is full of native Frenchies. If nothing else, the lyric video below will help you brush up on your French while you wait for Yelle to come through your city; tour dates follow.

10/9 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
10/10 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
10/11 – Washington D.C. – 9:30 Club
10/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer10/14 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
10/15 – Toronto, ON – Virgin Mobile Mod Club
10/17 – Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop
10/18 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
10/19 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
10/21 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
10/22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
10/24 – Seattle, WA – Neumo’s
10/25 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
10/26 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
10/29 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre
10/30 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
10/31 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda
11/2 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
11/3 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
11/7 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/8 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
11/10 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft
11/11 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

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