Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Yelle – Bouquet Final

“Vroom vroom!” — The bass.


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Cédric Le Merrer: Reminding the great tradition of stylish Parisian electro-pop initiated by Elli & Jacno in the 80’s, this combines staccato vocals and synths plinks and is about modern loving. But where Tout Va Sauter was romantic, Yelle is more hedonistic-nihilistic in the face of the Apocalypse. Hence that carnal chorus (which should be commended for avoiding the great dubstep pull). There’s a sweet equilibrium between softly crunching synths and high, sad plinks.
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Will Adams: Teetering on the precipice of unrelenting love, “Bouquet Final” is a far cry from Yelle’s earlier songs about sex toys and dissing rappers. Though it’s not as if Safari Disco Club hadn’t forecasted such a shift. And it’s a fine direction to pursue; Julie Budet’s voice has never sounded prettier. She successfully navigates the space between resigned acceptance and anxious anticipation of the inevitable. The music, too, has become more sophisticated. The plinking melody, mimicking Budet’s tiny “OK”‘s, is enveloped by the octave leaping synth halfway through, making the song sound ten stories tall. And just when it lets you float for the bridge, it tosses you back into the fray.
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Juana Giaimo: For the ones who haven’t been following Yelle’s career, this song is a pleasent surprise. Her rather irritable voice has suddenly turned smooth and cold at the same time, while the futuristic electronics are subtle but can grow in intensity in the chorus. 
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Katherine St Asaph: Buzzes and vrooms in search of a song, or at least a framework.
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David Sheffieck: The chorus doesn’t seem to commit, essentially just layering a few extra synths on top of the verses’ backing, but there’re enough interesting choices here (the weirdest being the extended, lyric-less bridge) to keep the song going.
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Scott Mildenhall: Even more than on “L’Amour Parfait”, Yelle are overwhelmingly ambivalent about an ideally enjoyable situation, tempering this description of what could be a moment of pure unity with second-guessing and an atmosphere heady in disquiet rather than exhilaration. There’s no comfort whatsoever, trademark nursery rhyme melodies turned portentous as the track vworps very similarly to deadmau5′ “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff”, only with less inclination to beat you round the head with its sentiment.
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Alfred Soto: Until the sawtooth synths cut through this plank of a track, the electronics and vocals are sturdy complements.
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Patrick St. Michel: “Bouquet Final” plays out like a lot of EDM-glazed pop. It starts slow and eventually builds to a point where the sounds become scrambled. Yelle, though, tries her best to not make it seem like another Ctrl-C pop offering; “Bouquet Final” is too slinky for the Ultra Festival. Depending how much you trust quickly Googled translation sites, this one is about letting go and just embracing passion (“we fuck like good friends”), and the music reflects this, tip-toeing and then just going for it. 
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Brad Shoup: Like I could guess where Yelle would end up. Glitch-pop Annie? OK. The smeared synths work like midrange horns on the refrain; in the bridge they attain a demented grandeur. It’s like grieving in a well-lit room.
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Iain Mew: “OK” isn’t much, but the way Yelle precisely sings it as she picks her way through thawing synth shards, “OK” is massive. It’s the sound of resolve and finality, imposing calm certainty after a big event. Except maybe it’s not quite finality? Maybe the event hasn’t happened, or at least hasn’t finished happening. And then we’re in the move in for a kiss and more, and everything has gone slow motion but she can still feel her pulse racing and there’s all this blurring as blood rushes, and if they do it everything’s going to fall apart and… OK. OK. Worries pushed aside. “Baisons comme de bons amis”: like good friends. The whirring that sounded like the song wobbling off-track transforms into its ecstatic centre. If the sex could be final, all the more reason to enjoy it.
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