Watch + Listen: New L’Imperatrice Single/Video ‘Peur des filles’ Has a Sly Feminist Message
When your country is coming apart at the seams, the ostensibly only reasonable thing to do is crank up the electro-disco – preferably the Parisian kind.
Which is why we’ve got the new L’Imperatrice single/video ‘Peur des filles’ (it translates to ‘Afraid of Girls’, which just might be the perfect title for Mike Pence’s autobiography) on endless repeat. The French 6-piece has released a series of well-received EPs of dancefloor disco-pop since forming in 2012, and have also DJ’d for fashion and beauty brands like Hermès, Cartier and Lancôme.
The new track is arguably one of their most musically accomplished to date, marrying smooth, old-school funk grooves, with sultry jazz vibes, and ’80s synth-pop atmospherics; singer Flore Benguigui’s breathily alluring vocal significantly punches up the sensuality factor. But the seriously cheeky accompanying video can perhaps best be described as John Waters meets Austin Powers, with lots of groovy, retro-’60s fashions, a bright red vintage Triumph convertible, and several heads and hands being casually chopped off. Yet there is a actually a serious underlying ideology to it all.
“Facing the long-awaited feminist wave that has been washing over the modern patriarchy for the past few years,” Benguigui explains, “some men, too frightened to see their alpha male status endangered, have perpetuated crazy terrifying legends about hysterical women, half-humans/half-demons, ready to destroy our world in a bloodbath. ‘Peur des filles’ reuses all those clichés pushed to extremes, to denounce their absurdity in a cynical and savage ’70s B-movie, narrated from one of those men’s point of view, not so long ago in a manaxy far, far away…”
Of course, the horrific display of maleness we saw being carried out in our nation’s capitol this week clearly just confirms that she very much has an urgent point.
She concludes, “Sometimes music and irony can be the strongest weapons against our world’s brutality.”
“Peur des filles’ is taken from their upcoming album Tako Tsubo, out March 26