While music fans the world over wait for nouveau disco group L’Impératrice’s new album, Tako Tsubo (out March 26), the band has given us a little something to tide us over.
Their new single, “Hématome” (which translates to “Bruise”), has been released alongside an animated music video surprisingly reminiscent of those of Gorillaz… and starring a literal gorilla. A funky, upbeat groove contrasts bizarrely both with lyrics about obsessive, disappointed love, and a sometimes-gorey animated tale of a gorilla desperate to become a real human woman. It feels like something out of a fairytale, reminiscent of frog princes and swan princesses, or perhaps a very strange allegory for gender confirmation surgery.
However you feel about it, you’ll want to add it to your weekend playlist, along with the album’s four other singles: “Peur des filles,” “Voodoo?,” “Fou,” and “Anomalie Bleue.”