Paris, Je T’Aime // Housse de Racket

“Paris has this little something more,” said the boys of Housse de Racket when we had the good fortune to spend a day wandering their home city with them. Victor Le Masne and Pierre Leroux are purveyors of an infectious sound that they call “tennis glam rock,” (turns out “Racket” has more to do with a court than making a lot of noise, as we assumed). They haven’t had much time to enjoy the charms of their home city lately, since their sophomore album Alesia—produced by Phillipe Zdar of Cassius and Phoenix—is rippling its way across the globe. They’ve been rocking stages across the planet ever since, and are now gearing up for a month-long North American tour that kicks off at Austin’s SXSW, and will culminate with their first-ever performance at Coachella. In the meantime, let’s talk about pop music, “the best job in the world” and the irresistible pull of making it on their own terms.

—Angela Cravens