In 2007, the French club-pop group YELLE achieved popularity in the midst of an enormous rift between past and present in the music industry. Early social networks like MySpace were only beginning to tap into the DIY aspects of file sharing that now dominate our day-to-day lives both socially and professionally.
2020 finds YELLE (aka Julie Budet and her writing partner GrandMarnier/Jean-François Perrier) on the brink of the release of a new full-length record, their fist since 2014’s “Complètement Fou.”
Given their experience in the murky waters of an ever-morphing industry, the duo should be adept at navigating weird professional curve-balls, but then, like all of us, they found themselves in the midst of a global pandemic which brought the creative industry to its knees.
Despite the unpredictability of the times, YELLE have just launched their new single, the shimmering, and tender “Je T’aime Encore.” The song finds YELLE in a more contemplative state than their fans may be familiar with, almost fortuitously mirroring our collective, confused circumstances.
We chatted with YELLE from her seaside village in France about the new album, and the surprising merits of releasing new material in such peculiar times.
Read the full Q&A after the jump!