Sébastien Tellier is coming to play at Coalition

Published On July 19, 2012 | By We Love Brighton | Archive

Sébastien Tellier is a modern day enigma. A hirsute lothario, conquering hearts with soulful music that brims with a seductive élan. And he’s coming to play at Coalition on the 6th of December.

Famous for tracks like La Ritournelle and Divine, not to mention his notorious appearance on Eurovision, our controversial French favourite Sébastien is sure to bring the French to the party.

When not composing in his apartment, the Parisian has been shacking up with artists of international repute. Previous bedfellows include Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (Daft Punk), Quentin Dupieux (Mr Oizo), Philippe Zdar, SebastiAn, Tony Allen.

Who knows where he will end up next? Ever since he marched into the offices of Record Makers and announced himself with the melancholyFantino, a slice of forlorn pop that also graced the soundtrack to Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation, Sébastien has been on a journey, characterized by reinvention and a desire to expose the truth.

The writing process for each studio album begins in the same way. Changing his perspective on the world, Sebastien sets a new theme as the pivot around which his musical universe swirls. Reflections on childhood and family underscored his debut, the follow up played out to a skewed backdrop where politics reigns supreme. The emotive piano-led La Ritournelle emerged at this time, becoming the moment where Sébastien truly announced himself to the world.

Since then his profile has risen dramatically, resulting in a character far more assured and attuned to his audience. A new love became the muse for his third record, Sexuality, a realization of perfect sex. The lead single, Divine, was selected to represent France at the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, a task which Sébastien fulfilled with typical aplomb.
Late this April (2012) Sébastien returns, however his return is more a descent from Mount Sinia than a breathless reemergence from the back-room, as his presence has ascended to a plane removed from corporeal pleasure. With “My God is Blue” Sébastien seeks to unify his ‘followers’ (fans) under the blanket of his message; love. With the production aid of none other than Ed Banger’s Mr Flash, Sébastien guides his listener through an expansive sonic space, defined by classic Tellier synth textures alongside a newly realized stadium ready grandeur. Following suit with his transcendence to sacrosancticity, a strong choral overtone presides over his expected funk hooks.

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