I can't recall the last time a French pop band gained as much traction in the U.S. as Yelle, the 15-year-old trio who made their first splash with the single "Je Veux te Voir" in 2005. Now, on their way down south for Coachella, Yelle is doing a single show tonight at Mezzanine, showcasing their new album, and a catalog of music that's still pretty new to American audiences via some widely spread remixes on Spotify and elsewhere.
Their latest, Complètement Fou (Completely Crazy), adds even more dancier elements to their already aggressively poppy sound that's compatible with the likes of Calvin Harris, Scissor Sisters, Betty Who, and Robyn. (Arguably, Yelle may have gotten some of their first exposure stateside via their cover of Robyn's "Who That Girl," translated to French as "Qui Est Cette Fille.") And in their review of Complètement Fou, Paste Magazine quipped, "Like the K-Pop superstars of today or the ‘90s swinging pop of Pizzicato Five, you don’t need to be bilingual to enjoy the hell out of Yelle."
Tickets for tonight's show are still available, and $25 advance.