At first glance, Yelle seems like a quaint, seemingly-vapid-yet-gorgeous-skinny-French-Euro-Electro-Pop princess that rocks the airwaves, clubs, and computer speakers on both sides of the Atlantic. If you didn’t look too hard, your cultural conditioning would have you believe that Yelle was nothing more than another young woman being foisted onto the pop music pedestal by a crew of producers and marketers.
The truth is far from that. Yelle is actually a band, a partnership between singer Yelle (Julie Budet), drummer GrandMarnier (Jean François Perrier), and keyboardist Tepr (Tanguy Destable). The three have toured extensively, taking their live act to festivals and clubs across the globe, and have just put out their newest LP, Safari Disco Club (UMG’s Barclay Records).
I’m happy to say that Safari Disco Club is an incredibly robust sophomore effort. The instrumentation is as diverse as the emotional tenor of the entire album. Compared to the electro-pop pastiche Pop Up, whose songs were created to be used as singles, Safari Disco Club has been in the works for over two years and that effort is evident when listening.
The members of Yelle proudly love mainstream music Safari Disco Club reflects that passion for mainstream pop, in that it reveals a refined process of breaking down and reinterpreting standard pop tropes.
Budet’s voice, never straining, works wonderfully with the melodic and synth based richness of Tanguy’s keyboards. This makes for an extensive, interesting album, a result of a seemingly even partnership with her two producer bandmates.
If you like Chromeo, Daft Punk, Oh Land!, Cassius, Crookers, New Order, Robyn, Justice, or well wrought and astoundingly produced ’80s inspired electro-pop, this album has plenty in store for you. Safari Disco Club is being released this spring (in two weeks), so be sure to keep your eyes and ears peeled for it!