When the casual listener stumbles across something so avant garde as French electro sensation Yelle, several things can happen. Elation, immediate obsession, repulsion, and many many more emotions. To those seasoned in the ways of the French, Yelle is quite the treat. Sparking a dance-craze in France known as “Tektonic” with the video to her track “A Cause des Garçons,” this quirky lass packed the Regency Grand Ballroom last week.
Starting off her killer set of some of the danciest electro-pop around, Yelle launched into a “love song” as she called it, “Je Veux Te Voir.” The song actually originated as a diss track towards Cuizinier of French electro-rap group TTC in response to the rampant misogyny contained in his lyrics. The stage was ablaze with neon lights galore and enough 80’s dayglo to commit a violation on the eyes.
Then there were the outfits. My god the outfits. She must have gone through at least 8 costume changes, each more bizarre than the previous. It didn’t matter that all of her songs are in French, the international language of music was king that night, and everyone that came to get down did so with reckless abandon.