Jef Elise Barbara’s “Sexe Machin / Sex Machine” Is Funky In Any Language

A relationship ends in a laundromat, and crisp, warm bedsheets begin.

May 13, 2016

Jef Elise Barbara's “Sexe Machin / Sex Machine” 7" drops today on Fixture Records (buy it here), and the song's new clip is a pitch-perfect distillation of the Montreal artist's sultry outsider pop. Barbara vamps around a laundromat and some green screen in the Alexander Storm-directed clip, uncommonly poised after getting rid of another kind of stain: an ex, as they explain in an email.

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I wrote the song as a kiss-off to an imaginary ex-lover who did me wrong, much like its main source of musical and lyrical inspiration: 'Murphy's Law,' an R&B/disco track that went number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart in 1982. We decided to shoot the video in a laundromat, which I think is quite representative of a person who wants to start a new life, and leave a dramatic past behind.

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