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Label: Cocoa MusicRelease: 10/1/14 

Self described as, “music made for DJs and catwalks; also: for nightly promenades and ocean side sexing”, it would be a fair and just assessment to say Femme En Fourrure are markedly incomparable to most in the electronic music scene. Sounds of The Knife do sprout closely to theirs, but to simply draw comparisons to the other Scandinavian duo making bizarre electronic sounds is plain lazy. And no one anywhere has a voice resembling the tones Karin Dreijer Andersson achingly harks out.

Now six years deep into the project and Femme En Fourrure have evolved into a newer being, both in terms of the actual make up, and in the aural palettes from which they build their sound.

After their debut album landed last summer via Convex Industries, the duo have reached for newer, unknown grounds. Their music now is more refined, while still retaining those poppy sensibilities that, coupled with their boldly erotic music videos, have seen their status sky rocket in many quarters of the industry.

The Beach EP, out via Finnish imprint, Cocoa Music emancipates their signature style of heavy drum patterns, mired with dreamy synths and harmoniously irregular song structures. Its title track is fast and straight cut with a euphoric tenacity enamored by the beautiful pan pipes and desperately aching vocals. ‘Palms Glide Up Thighs’ as expected has a brooding sexual aura. Beats clatter on in a more fluid and calm manner, that is intricate, while not being overly technical. Icy alien pads lurk and sometimes squeal, while  groaning chords haunt the atmosphere. ‘Apple of my Eye’ gushes in with a tribally cynicism of the Viking kind. Ghoulish calls and eerie melodies bend in and out of the fold,  conga drums pulse through determinately, matched by a diverse spate of noisy percussive clicks and shakes.

Maria Minerva gives her touch of exotic to the release, in the form of her cover-remix of the title track, marinated with ancient drum machines.

All in all coalescing a sterlingly unique sound that transcends beyond genre stereotyping the best way possible.


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