Posts Tagged ‘Christine and the Queens’

May 18, 2018

I’m still kicking myself for not walking up to Christine and the Queens to say hi after I caught her very first performance on North American soil at SXSW a few years ago. She was hanging out by the stage after dazzling us with her dance moves and irresistible persona. I could have, I SHOULD have, gone up and said hello. After all, I’d made it a priority to be there for that performance, after falling in love with the French artist’s imaginative music and forward-thinking, convention-breaking music. She’s since become a global sensation, and now, Christine and the Queens is back with long awaited, highly anticipated new music. Girlfriend, a collaboration with Dâm-Funk, is a slick and chic tribute to G-funk that also feels very 90′s R&B. With her new music, Héloïse Letissier is stepping away from her acclaimed debut album Chaleur Humaine, towards what’s described as a more upbeat, tougher, and more minimalist sound. Girlfriend questions identity and plays with the performance of gender, and how the codes of “masculinity” are disrupted if the player isn’t a man. 

“I initially set out to smash against macho culture and macho men,” says Letissier. “I became obsessed with this idea of the macho man, and still being a woman. What does it mean if I’m this figure, and I’m a woman? Does it make me an aberration? Is it joyful?“ The song, too, is overwhelmed with desire. “I felt I had to address female desire and it’s diversity,” she says. “How sometimes it’s blacked out or ignored. It’s still something quite suspicious or slightly dirty. I felt like it was important to be more unapologetic about that. There are hints of nights spent having sex and coming back covered in sweat. Like a male figure, the young hero who has love stories, and comes back in the morning and his friends are like: ‘What happened to you?’ I want to be that.” Listen to the French version of Girlfriend below, entitled Damn, dis-moi. An extensive world tour begins this fall, details can be found, here. Girlfriend is available, here.
 

July 4, 2017
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Just when we thought we couldn’t be more excited for Mura Masa’s debut album, the acclaimed producer drops two more gems off the record featuring a fresh wave of star power. Alex Crossan’s self titled debut will be arriving on July 14th, and aside from guests like A$AP Rocky, Charli XCX, Desiigner, and more, it also features Damon Albarn on this dreamy ambling, ethereal flittering treat, Blu. And let’s not forget Second 2 None, which can be streamed below. The nimble sparkling, ginger burbling aria features France’s Christine and the Queens on captivating vocals. It’s no secret Mura Masa’s debut full length is shaping up to be one of the top electronic albums of the year, just as everyone expected. 

January 26, 2017
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YEAST was most certainly a fortuitous find. The indie pop band hails from Lyon, France, and their recent single Black Nights might be one of the most gorgeous gems I’ve encountered this year so far. This “black night” is lit by a million twinkling stars, a humbling if not breathtaking vision. A finespun delicate yet powerfully sprawling fusion of diaphanous rock and panoramic pop evoke Coldplay and Coasts. Black Nights is track five from YEAST’s 2016 EP, WATER, out on Bandcamp. The band also unleashed a fantastic cover of Christine and the Queens’ Tilted earlier today. Stream the resplendent indie rock cover, below.

March 30, 2016

I’ve been obsessing over Christine and the Queens ever since the French synthpop star made her American crossover debut on Tilted over a year ago. I’ve also been a devout fan of New York’s MS MR for many years now, from the very beginnings of I Heart Moosiq. These spectacular worlds collide on a new remix of Tilted by MS MR. The electropop duo give the mellifluous pop on Tilted a deeply expansive MS MR twist with a hypnotizing edit. The FADER debuted remix glides along weightlessly, its airy resilience emitting a magnetic optimism despite the original’s euphonious exploration of depression and isolation. MS MR’s magnificent re-imagination of Tilted will be a part of a full remix EP releasing soon on April 8th via Neon Gold Records.

February 10, 2016

It’s been nearly a year since SXSW, when I had the pleasure of catching Christine and the Queens’ first ever American set in Austin. I’d been utterly enchanted by the French pop star prior to the debut and she was magnificent on stage. In the interim between then and now, Christine has released her English language debut album and added countless numbers to her already massive fan base. Today, she revealed the music video for her song Here, featuring French rapper Booba. It’s a simple video, as riveting as the sparsely stomping beats and orchestral flourishes of the passionate song. Here’s to hoping I get to see Christine and the Queens live again soon.

October 27, 2015

I’m extremely behind on my new albums after the whirlwind list of releases this month, but there’s no doubt in my mind that I’m skipping ahead to one of my most recently received discs next, namely Christine and the Queens’ self titled American full length. Turns out, while I was traveling, I missed the big reveal of a stupendous track off the album. Luckily, a video surfaced for Jonathan today, and the somber beauty unites the French pop star with ever brilliant Seattle artist Perfume Genius, aka Mike Hadreas. I went through a Perfume Genius obsession a few years ago when he released his album Put Ur Back In2 It, even venturing forth to catch him shyly perform in a small venue. It’s obvious now how well his intimate and bare baroque pop fits Christine and the Queens’ concentrated, artistic pop style. Jonathan is breathtaking. 

October 2, 2015
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I know I keep mentioning how upset I am about missing certain shows while I’m going abroad later this month, but I can’t help it, because I honestly hurt from knowing what I’ll be AWOL from. Call it FOMOing, call it what you want, but I’m certainly sad that I won’t be here for either of the sold out Marina and the Diamonds and Christine and the Queens nights in San Francisco late this month. Having falling head over heels with charismatic, talented French act Christine over the course of the year, I find much solace in the fact that she’s revealed the album version of her song Paradis Perdus, which seamlessly cover mashes together Kanye’s Heartless and Christophe’s Les Paradis Perdus. Prepare for a breathtaking, heart wrenching experience as Christine blends the two songs into a despondently beautiful ballad. And I highly beseech you to catch Christine live if you ever get the chance. She’s the full artistic package, and you won’t be able to take your eyes off the stage. Christine and the Queens will be releasing her US debut album on October 16th. Guess who’s getting it? Of course! Pre-order on iTunes.

September 10, 2015

Near the beginning of the year, I had my first encounter with Christine and the Queens’ music, via the French pop star’s song Christine and a Paradis remix of the track. Though Christine was already a huge deal in Europe at the time, it as but my first inkling of how magnificent and talented this artist is. Since then, I’ve drowned myself in Christine and the Queen videos, caught her live at SXSW and been blown away by her performance, gotten at least a couple friends obsessed over her, and waited impatiently for new music. Today, my prayers were answered by the music gods, as Christine and the Queens released a new track and announced her American self titled debut album, out October 16th. Delicate and haunting No Harm Is Done features Philadelphia hip hop artist Tunji Ige, too. As Christine songs tend to be, there’s a mystical quality to the lightly slinking pop song that hides plenty of dormant tension. Christine and the Queens will be touring this fall with Marina and the Diamonds. They sold out their San Francisco area show so quickly that they had to add a second night. I’m pretty bummed that I have to miss both nights. I’ll comfort myself by pre-ordering Christine and the Queens’ American debut full length.

August 11, 2015
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Ever since I first heard of Christine and The Queens early this year, I’ve been madly hooked. Seeing the French artist perform at SXSW in March only served to increase that obsession. I’ve been waiting to catch her live again in San Francisco since, and waiting for more new music from the mesmerizing pop artist. To mitigate the excruciating wait until Christine and The Queens tours with Marina and The Diamonds this Fall, let’s jump into this luxuriant remix of Tilted by Paradis, who previously remixed Christine’s self titled song, Christine, too. Once again, Paradis smooths out the pop of Tilted, creating a supple, dreamy nu-disco world to get utterly and blissfully lost within. The original is off Christine and the Queen’s Saint Claude EP, her very first American release. Hit up her Facebook to learn about the coming tour dates. I highly recommend you catch her live.

April 2, 2015
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Another act that I went out to Austin two weeks ago, stubbornly set on catching live, was France’s Christine and the Queens, who’s gearing up to release her very first American EP on April 14th. Off Saint Claude comes a fierce new electronic pop tune named Narcissus Is Back. Dark production, Jai Paul like elements, and Balearic percussion take me back to some of the music of the 80′s, just like some of Christine’s other music takes us back to the MJ era. It’s a bewitching new track from a wildly charismatic and captivating artist. Suffice to say, Christine impressed me beyond words at SXSW. I happened to catch one of her early sets at Hype Hotel, when people were still sleepy eyed and barely kicking into gear. It was her very first gig ever on American soil, and she killed it. It was one of the only sets I caught that week with choreographed dancing, deliberate props, and earnest, authentic crowd banter. You can imagine my delight when I saw her new track floating around today. Narcissus Is Back is an entrancing addition to Christine and the Queens’ growing repertoire, and another reason to become even more engrossed in this spectacular artist.