Album Review: Femme En Fourrure – Bronco

Femme En Fourrure: Broncos (Top Billin)

Finland’s Femme En Fourrure has pulled influences from various types of electronic music, but the duo has always referenced the solid backbones of minimal techno and deep house. Using elements from these styles as a starting point allows for plenty of manipulation throughout the creative process; after all, a stripped down 4/4 is about as basic as it gets in any type of music, and it essentially leaves any other directions wide open. With so many venues being alloted for use, it’s easy to see why FEF has put out releases that seem to head in different directions. However, there does seem to be a bit of a pattern forming for the two.

Those familiar with Femme En Fourrure may have noticed things becoming a bit darker on each release. “Pull Out” and “Plump Bisquit,” for example, were throbbing tracks with elements of club progressive layered throughout. Needless to say, those tracks are my least favorite works released by the Fins. And even though “Dirty Blonde” referenced a tribal feel with more techno elements, making the track a bit simpler and more driving, nothing could prepare anyone for the monsters that would be released on Bronco.

The track that leads the EP and lends its name to the release is quite possibly one of the best deep electronic tracks to be offered by anyone in quite some time. “Bronco” is both creepily evil and amazingly sexy at the same time, it’s no doubt that the strange sexuality oozing from the song manages to add to the overall darkness. While the roots of this track are held in the sparseness of microhouse, the heaviness cannot be ignored. This opener manages to almost give off a sensation that something taboo is going on. It’s intense without being intense, and it pulls you in, even though it seems something wrong is about to happen.

“Smear,” the second track on the release, follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, but is obviously a B-Side. It’s a solid track, but it doesn’t conjure up the same extent of emotion that is present in “Bronco.” This flaw can be overlooked though, because the title track is so strong. Added to the album are three remixes of “Bronco,” of which Nguzungzuzu’s is the best.

All in all, this release comes highly recommended, even if it is mainly for the album opener. The rest of the tracks hold their weight, but they simply can’t match up to the power of “Bronco.”

Here is the bizzare video for “Bronco.” It pretty much captures the feel.

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