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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 3 juni 2013 | Because Music

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 27 februari 2020 | Because Music

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This EP from Christine And The Queens – released only a year and a half after her second album Chris – continues in the musical line that is so personal to Héloïse Létissier (Chris’ real name). Electronica from the 80s and 90s appears to still be the driving force behind the singer’s music, but there are influences from Michael Jackson and Laurie Anderson as well. That’s not where the ‘new’ aspect from the title comes from then. La Vita Nuova refers instead to the first work written by Dante in the 13th century, in which Beatrice Portinari appears, a woman that Dante is madly in love with. He experiences great suffering following her sudden disregard for him, but also develops a certain level of maturity. The emancipatory virtues of moral suffering are at the heart of this EP, especially in its cornerstone track People I’ve Been Sad: “Adolescence contrariée par un millier de chardons morts/Marcher pieds nus sur du verre et maintenant tout est plus fort (Teenage years upset by a million dead thistles/Walking barefoot on broken glass now everything is stronger). Chris seems to be playing the victim, but a former victim whose pain has made them stronger, as in Je disparais dans tes bras: “Pourrais-tu m’aimer? Ça j’en doute, quand tu prends ce que tu veux de moi” (Could you love me? I doubt it, when all you take from me is what you need). If we turn our attention to the cover, the roles appear to be reversed. Other than the vague references to The Exorcist and Mary Poppins, the image of Chris looking forlornly into the distance, leaning against a lampost on a foggy street, reminds you of Joan Bennett in Fritz Lang’s Scarlet Street (1945). Bennett plays Kitty, a scheming femme fatale who plots against Edward G. Robinson’s naïve character called… Chris. In identifying with Kitty, Christine And The Queens deploys her strength, while also endeavouring to forget her painful past. The dominance of the colour purple – which in Dante’s time was the colour of mourning – across the various imagery of the project, is telling. On Nada, over an understated but upbeat orchestration, she states loud and clear that she's “never ever coming back again”. With this collection of multilingual songs (French, English, Spanish, Italian), Christine And The Queens is drawing a new map of her life, a glittering atlas with Mountains steeper and more grandiose than ever. © Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz
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Franse chansons - Verschenen op 21 september 2018 | Because Music

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A pinch of Michael Jackson, a dash of Laurie Anderson, a sprinkle of Judith Butler, stir, and you get Chris – the title of Christine and the Queens’ second album, but also the name of her male alter ego. By cutting part of her original name and embodying this persona who looks like an athletic and murky boy, she frees herself from rigid gender restrictions and brings strength and toughness to the 23 (!) songs of this double album (both parts mirroring each other). Inspired by 1980s electronica and 1990s gangsta funk, Chris’ music is not only groovy and catchy, but also reinforces the concept that dictates Héloïse Letissier’s (Chris/Christine’s real name) music. Whether the listener wears stilettos or cowboy boots, their feet will be carried away by the catchy beats of Doesn’t Matter or 5 Dollars. However, she can also lower her guard and slow down the tempo of her queer tornado with songs like Make Some Sense or Les Yeux mouillés. 
One of the main focuses of the lyrics on this album (written in English and French) is the body, particularly in Girlfriend and Damn (What Must a Woman Do), in which much attention is paid to saliva and sweat. It’s through the body that Chris’ fluctuating identity and creative dancing are displayed the most. Gender and art are closely connected in her work. By working around the concept of double identity in her performance, Chris attempts to highlight the social construct of sexual identity, and does it both seriously and humorously. “I'm gone in a flick, but back in a second”, she sings in the single Girlfriend. Could she/he be playing a fun little magic trick on us? © Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz

Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 2 juni 2014 | Because Music

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 5 februari 2020 | Because Music

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 6 november 2015 | Because Music

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 25 februari 2020 | Because Music

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Dance - Verschenen op 14 augustus 2020 | Because Music

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 17 februari 2016 | Because Music

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Pop - Verschenen op 11 oktober 2013 | Christine and the Queens

Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 29 juni 2018 | Because Music

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Electronic - Verschenen op 20 maart 2019 | Because Music

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Dance - Verschenen op 28 augustus 2020 | Because Music

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 15 februari 2019 | Because Music

Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 10 juni 2016 | Because Music

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Christine and the Queens in het magazine
  • Chris' new life
    Chris' new life Christine And The Queens is back, with new EP "La vita nuova" which explores themes of suffering and subsequent growth, with an airtight backdrop of retro electronica...