Friday, January 11, 2008
Sébastian Tellier is the master of off-beat modern psychedelia, his records are as new as they are old. If you heard his records blindly then you'd probably guess that they were produced sometime in the late 70s/early 80s but his production values and integration of electronica do give the game away somewhat. He was the first signing to Air's label, Record Makers and has toured extensively with the group. When La Ritournelle hit the stores it made unbelievable strides through clubland with everyone from Moonboots to Paolo Mojo wearing the grooves off it. It's one of those records that even when it comes on now the entire club comes up together. It is as heartfelt as it is earnest and as you can probably guess I love it.
Another thing that endeared him to me was that on some of the tracks on his sophomore album Politics he uses the great drummer Tony Allen, who is one of those men like Jack deJohnette who can turn an instrument as abrasive as the drums into something that is gentle and powerful at the same time. He's a master.
Check these videos out and get lost down the rabbit hole that is the outer cosmos of Sébastian Tellier's mind...I know, I do.
Sebastian Tellier - La Ritournelle (Mr Dan Radio edit), video by Ace Norton
Sebastian Tellier - Sexual Sportswear