ALBUM: We Are Enfant Terrible – Explicit Pictures

Release Date: April 6th, 2011
Label: Last Gang Records


The ‘We Are’ prefix seems to be a pretty cool thing to have these last few years. I suppose it’s a way of saying, right from the off, “yeah, this is what we’re all about, and if you don’t like it, then you can bloomin’ well fudge off”. It can be pretty misleading though. We Are Scientists aren’t actually scientists, as far as I know. Again, the BBC Three comedy trio We Are Klang aren’t particularly klang, or maybe they are. I have absolutely no idea what the word ‘klang’ means. Anyway, Lille three-piece We Are Enfant Terrible are equally confusing when it comes to their name. As an utterly crazy mixture of both English and French, I found myself typing it into Google Translate – other, less-shitty internet translation services are available – and We Are Bad Boy came out the other end. Which I think, personally, is a much better name.

Opening track ‘Make You Laugh’ kicks us off nicely, the vocals of lead singer and synth player Clo Floret oozing elegance, enticing the listener like a mermaid with a French accent. Guitarist Thomas Fourney, on the other hand, would perhaps have been better off staying away from the microphone, his voice in complete contrast to Floret‘s in that if you pay too much attention to his barely melodic drone it will grate on you, à la The XX. Luckily though, you’ll forget about all this after being distracted just enough by the retro computer game bleeps and glitches that are the band’s forté.

With a touch of the CSS about it, ‘Filthy Love’, as you’d expect from the title, reeks of sex, and is almost certainly destined for the dancefloors of the cool-cat clubs regularly frequented by the annoyingly hip readers of Vice Magazine. ‘Lobster Quadrille’ continues in the same vein, with hints of Aussie synth scenesters Cut Copy, and the Nintendo bleeps coming to the fore here in particular. Fourth track ‘Because Of The Bees’, on the other hand, is fairly forgettable, and after a promising opening quarter, the album goes through something of a lull during the middle few tracks. There are exceptions, most notably the impressive ‘Flesh N’ Blood Kids’, one of two singles released from the album thus far.

Now ‘Spade Attack’, admittedly, is a bit of a catchy bastard, sounding not unlike the offspring of Kaiser Chiefs‘Everyday I Love You Less And Less’ and The Specials‘Ghost Town’. This is the music Sonic and Tails could have made in their garage if they hadn’t been wasting their time pissing about trying to collect hula hoops. Putting its hands up as one of the album’s stand-outs, it’s clear why tenth track ‘Wild Child’ was also chosen as a single, and – if it hasn’t already – could quite feasibly be the soundtrack to one of those cool-as-fuck late-night music shows on Channel 4, hosted by someone like Miquita Oliver, or, if you’re particularly unlucky, the insufferably smug Rick Edwards.

Perhaps they should have quit while they were ahead then, as final tracks ‘Nectarine Dream’ and ‘So Fine’ bring nothing radically different to the table. Indeed, the problem We Are Enfant Terrible seem to have is that by the end of the record the listener may feel like they’ve just heard twelve variations of the same track. A little harsh perhaps, but you can’t help the lingering feeling that the band have exhausted the ‘Gameboy Glitch’ angle even before the end of their first record, and one wonders what the hell the follow-up is going to sound like. A promising debut then, and downright catchy in parts, yet it remains to be seen whether WAET are able to build on this potential and develop their sound further.

Written by Matthew Frederick

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