Lingua disponibile: ingleseWith his distinctive blend of pop, chanson, and electronic music, Sébastien Tellier draws from France's legendary film composers and the French touch scene that arose in the late 1990s. The singer/songwriter, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist's flair for haunting melodies surfaced on 2001's L'Incroyable Vérité, and he soon followed in his heroes' footsteps by embarking on a career as composer with 2004's Narco score. From there, Tellier playfully explored big concepts on albums such as 2004's Politics and 2008's Sexuality, which spawned the single and Eurovision entry "Divine." In the 2010s, he continued to expand his horizons with the Brazilian influences of 2014's L'Aventura, and established himself as a producer by collaborating with Caroline Polachek and Dita Von Teese. With 2020's Domesticated, Tellier applied his sophisticated, witty touch to everyday life. Though he remained largely a cult favorite outside of France, Tellier reached a wider audience with songs such as 2004's "La Ritournelle," which appeared in several films and TV shows and was sampled by the Weeknd for the title track of his 2013 album Kiss Land. The son of a musician, Tellier grew up in Paris, taking guitar and piano lessons and absorbing the albums his father played him, such as Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother. Aside from Serge Gainsbourg and Michel Polnareff, Tellier wasn't impressed with the French pop music he heard as a boy, preferring the music of François de Roubaix, Michel Legrand, and other home-grown soundtrack composers. When he began releasing music of his own, the French touch scene -- which included Phoenix and Air -- was beginning to gain traction. After Tellier's "Fantino," a forlorn and beautiful pop confection, appeared on the Source label's 1999 Source Material various-artists compilation, it caught the attention of Air's Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel, and the duo eventually signed Tellier to their own Record Makers imprint. Tellier recorded the tracks for his debut album, L'Incroyable Vérité ("The Unbelievable Truth"), between September 1999 and March 2000, playing most of the instruments and producing the sessions. After L'Incroyable Vérité was released in June 2001, Tellier toured with Air extensively. He then began his second career as a film composer with the score to Gilles Lellouche and Tristan Aurouet's 2004 comedy Narco. In January 2004, Tellier returned with his second album, Politics, which was produced by Cassius' Philippe Zdar and featured Mr. Oizo, the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra, and Nigerian drummer Tony Allen of Fela Kuti fame. The album included the track "La Ritournelle," a song whose popularity was reflected in its numerous remixes by artists such as Metronomy. Politics reached 123 on France's Top Albums chart. The following year, Tellier re-recorded a batch of his songs acoustically with pianist Simon Dalmais and released them under the title Sessions in April 2006 (in the U.K., the collection was called Universe and included pieces from Tellier's Narco score). In 2007, Tellier reunited with Mr. Oizo on the soundtrack and score to Oizo's first feature film, Steak. For his next record, February 2008's Sexuality, Tellier signed up Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo as producer and ended up with a more polished electronic sound than heard on his previous outings. The first single from the record, "Divine," was chosen as France's entry in the 2008 Eurovision contest. Though he didn't win, his appearance and the controversy surrounding it (many French commentators felt that the English lyrics of the song meant it wasn't "French" enough to represent the nation) boosted his profile around the world. Sexuality became a Top 40 album in France and also charted in Belgium and Sweden. A remix album, Sexuality Remix, followed in 2010. Tellier returned in April 2012 with My God Is Blue. A spiritually minded set that featured co-production by Mr. Flash and Pavle Kovacevic as well as a collaboration with de Homem-Christo on the title track, it reached number 17 on France's Top Albums chart. The following October saw the release of Confection, a collection of tender instrumentals inspired in part by the death of his grandmother. Featuring pieces he had originally written for an unreleased soundtrack, the album peaked at 52 on the French charts. Also in 2013, Tellier collaborated with Chairlift's Caroline Polachek on the single "In the Crew of Tea Time." For his next album, L'Aventura, Tellier added sunny yet mysterious Brazilian elements to his music. Largely recorded at Jean Michel Jarre's studio in Bougival as well as in Paris, the album's basic tracks were expanded on in Rio de Janeiro by Brazilian luminaries such as percussionist Robertinho Silva and arranger Arthur Verocai. Upon its July 2014 release, L'Aventura peaked at 53 on France's Top Album chart. In 2016, Tellier worked with Jarre on the latter's album Electronica, Vol. 2: The Heart of the Noise. That year, he composed the scores for the films Marie et les Naufragés and Saint Amour as well as the web series A Girl Is a Gun. He also collaborated with Dita Von Teese on a version of Culture Club's "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" that appeared on an amfAR benefit compilation, setting the stage for his writing and production work on her 2018 self-titled debut album. Tellier returned in 2020, first appearing on Salvatore Ganacci's February single "Boycycle," and then in May with his own full-length Domesticated. Inspired by his day-to-day life at home as a husband and father, it included production work by Jam City and Zdar. That November, Tellier issued Simple Mind, a collection of reworkings of favorite songs from Domesticated, Sexuality, My God Is Blue, and L'Aventura.
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House - Uscito il 29 maggio 2020 | Record Makers
Dopo L’Aventura, album “brasiliano” del 2014, Sébastien Tellier ritorna con Domesticated, un album di confinamento, composto per la maggior parte a casa sua, dove interpreta un padre di famiglia “addomesticato”. L’autore de La Ritournelle, che spiega di aver “scoperto una felicità che si cela nella vita familiare e la soddisfazione nel riordinare la casa”, intraprende un percorso più intimo con questo album mixato da Nk.F, noto per il suo lavoro sui brani cloud rap di PNL. L’album inizia infatti come su una nuvola, con il singolo A Ballet, concepito tra Auto-Tune, sassofono e New Age di Jam City – produttore inglese per Night Slugs – e il francese Corentin Kerdraon, alias Nit. Melodie pop languide, ovattate e solari: è un po’ il riassunto di questo Domesticated, che scorre a tutta velocità, tra Venezia (che tira verso l’electro-funk degli anni ’80, registrata con il compianto Philippe Zdar), l’ipnotica Domestic Tasks (caratterizzata da un basso profondo e da un beat house rilassato), e la psichedelica Oui. Sempre accompagnato da questo mix di sentimenti leggeri e contrastanti, una gioia e una malinconia contenuta, come se si stesse assistendo a una festa sulla spiaggia dalla finestra del proprio appartamento. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
Colonne sonore - Uscito il 13 ottobre 2017 | Record Makers
Matthieu Tonetti si è fatto conoscere grazie ad alcuni videoclip per i rappresentanti più emblematici della French Touch: Phoenix, Air insieme a colui che è ormai anche il compositore della sua prima serie televisiva: Sébastien Tellier. I due uomini si assomigliano non soltanto capillarmente parlando, ma condividono anche la stessa nostalgia per un cinema d’altri tempi (e per la sua musica) in particolare per i film di serie B che mettono in scena donne forti e vendicatrici. Diffusa nell’ottobre del 2017 sulla piattaforma di streaming Blackpills e interpretata dall’eroina di Starship Troopers di Paul Verhoeven (Denise Richards), A Girl Is A Gun è una mini serie di 10 volte 10 minuti, che racconta la storia di tre guerrigliere pronte a venire alle mani con i misogini. Fin dalle prime misure di questa musica, si riconosce lo stile inimitabile di Tellier con i suoi accordi suonati con enfasi interpretati dal famoso sintetizzatore Crumar, sui quali si innesta una ritmica efficace e ondeggiante (Powered Girls). Il resto della colonna sonora è dello stesso stampo e assomiglia a un inventario esaustivo dei sintetizzatori vintage tra i più «fighi» che esistano (Mellotron, Yamaha DX7…), in degli omaggi che si appoggiano a John Carpenter (il basso di Wings), al Sakamoto della Yellow Magic Orchestra (Cake News), e soprattutto a François de Roubaix (l’organo bonario di Drunk On The Radio e la pop barocca di A Gun On Your Head). Segnaliamo la presenza di una canzone interpretata da Denise Richards in persona: Chrysalis sorprende per il suo colore piuttosto acustico e sobrio, dato che Tellier ha usato principalmente qui una chitarra flamenca per accompagnare la voce dolce e detrminata dell’attrice. © NM/Qobuz