The four years it took Yelle to follow up their debut album might lead the casual observer to expect some kind of dramatic shift in sound or direction. Safari Disco Club betrays almost no development or evolution as the group of singer Julie Budet (“Yelle”) and musicians/producers Jean-François Perrier (“GrandMarnier”) and Tanguy Destable (“Tepr”) stick to what made Pop Up so much fun. Namely, slick and bouncy '80s-influenced dance-pop with Budet’s snarky, happy vocals on top; still influenced by Madonna, brighter than the afternoon sun, and made for dancing to with a big, silly smile on your face.
Despite currently touring Europe with Katy Perry, French group Yelle seems to have far more in common with the opening act of Perry’s next tour leg, Robyn. In some sense, all three are involved in the process of breaking down and reinterpreting standard pop tropes. Perry does it with a sledgehammer, a purposely old-fashioned style that blends half-ironic cheesecake imagery with polished nostalgia.