L’Imperatrice brings French pop again to Coachella

Two years after the pandemic stymied their debut on the famed Coachella stage, French disco pop band L’Imperatrice is having their California second. “It’s a cherry on high,” stated vocalist Flore Benguigui, talking in English to AFP. “I feel it’s magic.” The six-person funk-inflected pop and nu-disco group-formed in Paris in 2012 — has lastly made their approach to the Coachella stage as a part of a tour selling their second album, “Taku Tsubo.”

“The world is completely different from, like 20 years in the past… I feel individuals are extra open to completely different languages. Individuals are perhaps a bit extra curious,” stated keyboardist Charles de Boisseguin. “French-maybe it’s additionally a bit mysterious,” he added. The band-whose extra members embody Hagni Gwon (keyboards), David Gaugue (bass), Achille Trocellier (electrical guitar) and Tom Daveau (drums) — has a number of EPs beneath its belt however had solely launched one full-length album when the pandemic struck.

The shutdown gave L’Imperatrice peace and quiet to place collectively their second main document. “We labored fairly effectively,” stated Benguigui, explaining how they constructed their very own studio, making ready for his or her reemergence and eventual tour.

(From left) Members of French pop band L’Imperatrice Hagni Gwon, Charles de Boisseguin, Flore Benguigui, Tom Daveau, Achille Trocellier and David Gaugue pose for AFP on the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Pageant in Indio, California.

‘Tears of pleasure’

Sporting a neon pink bob and a purple-fuchsia ensemble from designer Pierre Cardin, Benguigui stated the return to efficiency post-coronavirus restrictions has been electrical. “We may actually really feel the power; some individuals really cried tears of pleasure… They have been actually welcoming, and relieved to lastly see reside music,” she stated. “Each live performance is completely different, and we have been so glad to be right here at Coachella,” Benguigui stated.

On the Gobi stage, certainly one of seven on the competition within the Empire Polo Membership within the desert metropolis of Indio, a whole lot of individuals turned out for the French act. Decked out in crimson and mustard yellow outfits emblazoned with hearts, l’Imperatrice had their viewers dancing nonstop all through their 40-minute set. The group will play Coachella’s second string of dates subsequent week, as they proceed on their tour of the USA.  –  AFP


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