Modern French electro-pop has made its way into American ears... sort of. Sure, a few bigger names have dotted our playlists in recent decades—Daft Punk in the ’90s and beyond, Yelle in the 2000s, and Christine and the Queens as of late—but the current, ultra-creative scene is booming and has a slew of newcomers very much worth discovering.
A label-based climate with plenty of niche variety, the scene in Paris—and around France, in general—is undoubtedly an exhilarating one. Up-and-coming artists are flourishing, the sounds are packed with varied influences, and there’s a notable “return to roots.” People are singing in French again, and it’s marvelous.
Here’s a close look at a few favorite French creators, their sounds, their thoughts on this vibrant music scene, and what they’re currently listening to. Queue these kids up; the next time the aux cord is passed, this is what you’ll want to put forth.