Posts Tagged ‘Christine’

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.
 

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.

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.

March 7, 2015
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Just the other day, Christine and the Queens released a wonderful English language debut, Tilted. The French electropop act is really in a generous mood this week, because now, she’s released a music video for her delicate and weightless gem Christine. It’s the first song of hers that I encountered some weeks ago, thanks to a splendid remiix by Paradis. As soon as I heard it, I was in love. I honestly can’t tell if my love of French pop is just growing or if this is just that fantastic. I think it might be the latter. I’m hoping I’ll be able to catch Christine and the Queens at the Neon Gold showcase at SXSW. She’ll be furthering her US growth with a debut American EP, The Saint Claude, due out April 14th.

February 11, 2015
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I really must thank Paradis, twice. Firstly, for crafting a gorgeous deep house remix of fellow French electropop band Christine and the Queens’ Christine, and secondly, for introducing me to said band via the remix. I’ve come to realize I really do enjoy some French pop every so often, despite my usual preference for lyrics I can understand fully. No, I don’t speak French. There’s an undeniably attractive and elegant quality to French electropop. It’s lusciously magnetic and gracefully seductive. That’s exactly how Paradis’ dreamy nu-disco imbued remix of Christine sounds, with an extra dose of swirly incandescence. While we’re here, I highly recommend you listen to the beautiful original below, too. I think I may have found my favorite new French act.

July 2, 2014
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So, that fantastic song Les Voiles, from French newcomers Poom, has been climbing high on the buzz charts since my feature several days ago. It’s not unexpected, considering the magnificence of the French disco pop song and its Yelle meets Chromeo sound. It’s grooving and funky with deliciously soothing French vocals and commanding guitars. For a more hypnotizing, synthy version, check out the remix by French act Christine. Then, watch the brand new video for Les Voiles, below. Les Voiles has got to be my favorite new French pop song.

July 2, 2014
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So, that fantastic song Les Voiles, from French newcomers Poom, has been climbing high on the buzz charts since my feature several days ago. It’s not unexpected, considering the magnificence of the French disco pop song and its Yelle meets Chromeo sound. It’s grooving and funky with deliciously soothing French vocals and commanding guitars. For a more hypnotizing, synthy version, check out the remix by French act Christine. Then, watch the brand new video for Les Voiles, below. Les Voiles has got to be my favorite new French pop song.