Housse De Racket will release their third album, The Tourist, on October 30th via Kuskus Records. Two years in the making – “two full years of contemplation, joy and doubt,” state the band – the LP consolidates the band’s dense sound and vast influences into something which is very much their own.
The band’s previous album, 2011’s Alesia, was their first to feature lyrics in English, and was produced by Philippe Zdar, who had previously worked with the likes of Beastie Boys, The Rapture, and Phoenix. With the album receiving critical acclaim from all corners of the globe, Housse De Racket promptly embarked on their first international tour.
Work began on The Tourist upon their return to Paris in 2013, as the band were suffering from the fatigue of touring, or as they call it, “selfie-stick blues.” The band describe the album as “a state of mind, a motionless journey,” and cite a wide range of inspirations for its songs: “We listened to Fleetwood Mac, Spacemen 3, XTC, Steel Pulse, Alan Vega, Ravel, Laurie Anderson, Miles Davis, Television…Everything we could get our hands on.”