“L’emprise”: Mylène Farmer’s new album is out this Friday – Music

Megastar Mylène Farmer, who is releasing a new album this Friday, has already sold 550,000 tickets for her future tour in the summer of 2023 in France, Switzerland and Belgium, with seven full stadiums and six others whose last places are on sale, specifies his surroundings. All this while carefully maintaining a halo of mystery without equivalent in a comparable career. Indochine, which like her began her journey in the 1980s and also fills the stadiums, is thus very present on social networks. Whether those of the formation or those of its musicians, like the leader Nicola Sirkis.

Always enigmatic

The sexagenarian recently gave an interview to the Journal du Dimanche, but we can feel her on the reserve. The album coming out this Friday is called “L’emprise”, a title obviously inspired by the theme of toxic relationships: “Who hasn’t crossed paths with a so-called perverse narcissistic person? Who has not once been under the influence of such a person? “. For the rest, the Franco-Canadian remains enigmatic. Asked about the rest of her career, she limits herself to letting go: “By being free (…). I don’t have the answer you expect, I imagine”.

“The rarity of Mylène Farmer’s media presence fascinates at a time when all artists are faced with the problem: what should I exhibit or not on social networks? “, dissects for AFP Didier Varrod, musical director of the antennas of Radio France. “When we talk about her, the term icon is unstoppable, whereas today the other singers and singers are competing on the front of image and notoriety by influencers or people from reality TV programs” , he develops.


Under the impetus of Didier Varrod, a concert-creation “Version(s) Farmer, without counterfeiting” will see 16 artists revisit Mylène Farmer’s repertoire during Hyper Weekend, a festival at the Maison de la Radio et de la Musique ( January 20-22). The cast of this future show turns out to be a tasty mix between big cars (Juliette Armanet, Benjamin Biolay, etc.) and new seekers like the rapper Lala & ce (pronounced “Ace” like in tennis) or Rebeka Warrior in electro.

Proof that today, no one is afraid to claim their attraction for Mylène Farmer, whereas a few decades ago, many snubbed her. Didier Varrod has “noticed this rehabilitation over the past five years with many covers of Mylène Farmer on the net by independent artists”.

“Questioning gender”

As the musical director of the Radio France antennas points out, “Disenchanted”, one of Mylène Farmer’s hits, has even become an “anthem for a generation devastated by confinement”. It is probably no coincidence that the singer Apple took over this title from the health crisis. “From the first pieces of Mylène Farmer – Maman a tort, Sans contrefaçon, Libertine – it is a question of insolence, freedom, subversion and questioning of the genre when we were not talking about it yet”, unrolls this specialist of the French-speaking scene.

Didier Varrod also rightly points out that Mylène Farmer understood more than 30 years ago the importance of “the image with clips that were more like short films”. It is therefore logical to see her collaborating in “L’emprise” with artists like Woodkid (artistic direction, avatar on the cover) or AaRON (whose paw can be heard in the new track “Rayon vert”), who point out to them also by a strong visual universe and a cinematographic writing in their music.

The diva challenges well beyond pop. In 2016, rapper Damso confided on MCE TV dreaming of a collaboration with Mylène Farmer: “That would be cool. Put myself in the world of Mylène Farmer and Mylène Farmer in mine”.

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