Sébastien Tellier / Sexuality

Continuing with a French theme here, I finally was able to hear Sébastien Tellier’s new album, Sexuality, and I have to say I’m impressed. Since the first time I heard Fantino in Lost in Translation, I was obsessed with finding out more about him. It turns out that Sébastien is signed to Air’s label, Record Makers, which is how he got connected with Sofia Coppola and Brian Retzell.
His first album, L’incroyable Vérité (The Incredible Truth) is extremely dark and brooding, but beautiful in it’s nuances and details. His next album, Politics, was… well, pretty weird. But there were a few beautiful exceptions like the song La Ritournelle, an endless piano melody played over drums, strings that dramatically kick in midway, and then finally Tellier’s beautiful, disco-tinged voice.

Now with Sexuality, I would say that he’s gone almost to the point of experimental. Gone are most traditional instruments, traded in for the synthetic sounds of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, better known as one half of Daft Punk. The album was supposedly inspired by a late night soft-core TV broadcast, and the album certainly reflects that. Imagine Daft Punk directing an 80’s, cyber punk porn, with Sébastien Tellier as the sweat drenched star. That sounds cheesy, and the album almost is, except it’s done so well that it’s extremely enjoyable to listen to.

Below I’ve posted some mp3’s for everyone to listen to, hopefully everyone can enjoy him as much as I do.

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Sébastien Tellier / Fantino

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Sébastien Tellier / La Ritournelle

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Sébastien Tellier / Look

9 Comments Sébastien Tellier / Sexuality

  1. Jeff January 28, 2008 at 11:06 PM

    ew / i want this album.
    where can i find it?

  2. horst January 29, 2008 at 3:00 AM

    maybe the best record of the year!!!!
    and the cover – A+

  3. Clem January 29, 2008 at 4:12 AM

    I’m glad you know and advertise about this one. Tellier is god. You forget to mention that people can easily find two songs of this album online already – on music blogs – the awesome “Sexual Sportswear” (also available in a frantic SebastiAn remix) and the huge “Divine”.

  4. Jon January 29, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Great post. Love it!

  5. camille January 29, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    wow this is really super. gotta grab it.
    thanks!

  6. Jason January 29, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    WAIT A FRIGGIN SECOND. Sexuality is out already? Damn. I’ve been listening to a radio rip of L’Amour et La Violence for the longest time because after hearing it once I couldn’t live without having it on my computer.

    The Sexual Sportswear original is so annoyingly terrible compared to the SebastiAn remix. :S It kind of makes me sad, because I love Téllier lol.

  7. Chris Halsted January 29, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Tellier is the best. Here in Europe he has been a hit since L’Incroyable Verite with quite big hits such as ‘Kazoo III’ and ‘Un Vie De Papa’. I am also a big fan of ‘Politics’ especially the songs called ‘League Chicanos’ and ‘Benny’. But, Booby, you should check out his soundtrack album made together with Mr. Oizo and SebastiAN for the fil ‘Steak’ – it is fantastic. Especially the song called ‘Bonhomme’…

    Cheers

  8. Chris Halsted January 30, 2008 at 8:28 AM

    I thin I wanted to type Bobby and film and not booby and fil… sorry

  9. Jason January 30, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    “But, Booby, you should check out his soundtrack album made together with Mr. Oizo and SebastiAN for the fil ‘Steak’ – it is fantastic. Especially the song called ‘Bonhomme’…”

    WORD. Steak OST is hot lol. There’s this one song by Mr. Oizo… “Chivers as Female” I think it’s called… Too cool.

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