French Electro-Pop artist Yelle has finally returned with her first new single since Completement Fou, “Ici & Maintenant (Here & Now)”.
A bouncy whimsical pop song, “Ici & Maintenant (Here & Now)” has a childlike innocence to it. A playful xylophone melody dances atop a springy bassline woven together by Yelle’s suave slightly-detached vocals, transforming it into a modern-day nursery rhyme. The cartoonish bop really hits home a message about relishing the present moment even if the world is falling apart in the next one. Given the year 2016 has been, it feels like an incredibly timely message.
The accompanying music video shares this same sort of cool detachment propped up against the absurd, with the singer navigating neatly manicured suburbia while being shadowed by a man no longer in control of his violently flailing limbs. It’s the quirky irreverence we’ve come to love from Yelle, and it is hopefully an indication that more is to come in the following year.