Mylène Farmer ‘Interstellaires’ Album Review
Mylène Farmer released her 10th studio album Interstellaires via Cherrytree/Interscope Records. She teams up with Martin Kierszenbaum (Natalia Kills, Robyn, Lady Gaga). The title track sets a mystical atmosphere. Right away,the listener gets invited into an-all new musical world, contemporary, and edgy. An epic song that opens up our mind for the rest of the album. It has a heavy bass presence.
Interstellaires is an invitation to embark on a dream journey to escape from the daily life. There is a very cohesive flow to this album which invites the listener for evocative travels. The album envelops him in a serene space , creating pop electro musical reveries with a rock vibe to join the stars. It brings us in a spectrum of soundscapes bathed in light and deeply inspired. It left open to the interpretation. The album bursts with beautiful melodies and heavy parts. Rich Synth work, vibrant, never overdone, is present throughout the album without sounding overwhelming.
The lead single Stolen Car is a version of Sting’s 2004 song Stolen Car in which she and the ex-Police frontman duet in French and English. There is an undeniable energy boost that makes you move. Farmer is one of those artists that challenges herself continually , yet successfully, crafting an original music without following the trends. She evokes the refusal of conformism on the funky jam C’est pas moi. Voie Lactée has a happy and upbeat vibe that is a mix of electro pop and funky sounds. Pas d’access deals with the freedom. The song is a psychedelic ambient synth anthem, including a catchy hook, and killer synths.
The journey is interspersed by great ballads and soft moments. Mylène Farmer covers Cheap Trick’s I Want You To Want Me, and manages to turn the song into something far from the original. It is ethereal and beautifully crafted. The arrangements are uncluttered, as for the ballad A Rebours in which she talks about the temptation that humans face to erase and rewind a moment during their lives.While Love Song is a haunting ballad. Track Insondables is dark. it deals with death, the grief of losing someone we love. City of Love reminds you of Lana Del Rey. Un Jour ou L’autre is an ethereal ballad.
All in all, Mylène Farmer reaffirms her status as one of today’s musical icons. She continues to surprise us and keep her music true to herself. Interstellaires is a great achievement. Highly recommended.