“Impératrice” is French for “Empress”, and if their name is a difficult thing to grasp for anglophones, musically there’s nothing that doesn’t translate. Drawing from a range of genres, from 70s space disco to downtempo 90s synth pop, taking in French film composers like François de Roubaix and Michel Legrand along the way, the 6 Parisians have become a cornerstone of the reinvigorated French pop-music scene.
Sitting somewhere between classic pop and galactic disco, over just a few EP’s, L’Impératrice have become a cornerstone of the reinvigorated French pop-music scene. Their debut album Matahari mixes analogue space disco with ostentatious, irrepressible funk, a mightily impressive undertaking featuring swooping philly strings and emphatic brass. Some Paradise is the new single from Matahari. A glittering, cinematic summation of six years hard work that draws on some of the finest found sounds and forgotten sonic fandangos hiding in crates across the land, all given L’Impératrice’s own inimitable 21st century twist.
“A parade on its way to immodest latitudes”. Beneath ODYSSÉE’s naive and tender pop hide the decadent adventures of Theodora, byzantine empress and courtesan, whose charm and reputation for spellbinding dances preceded her. From tropical pandemonium to lunar safaris, she leads her entourage into the trances of a sensual odyssey, dipped in organic pleasures and shades of feverish rainbows. Inspired by the synth heritage of Lio’s Pop Model (“Agitations Tropicales”) and Air’s Moon Safari (“La Lune”), by way of Sebastien Tellier’s organic incandescence (“Parfum Thérémine”), the themes explored in ODYSSÉE are listened to with the indulgence granted to the shenanigans of a woman pushing her limits.
They just released their last album Matahari, on April 5th 2019 !
US TOUR DATES
5/9 @ Regent – Los Angeles, CA
5/10-11 @ The Independent – San Francisco, CA
5/13 @ Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
5/15 @ U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC
5/16 @ Elsewhere Hall – Brooklyn, NY
5/17 @ Sinclair – Boston, MA
5/18 @ Santa Teresa Festival – Montreal, Canada
5/20 @ Elsewhere Hall – Brooklyn, NY