Sébastien Tellier has always sported a messianic look; his wild hair and unkempt beard has become a trademark for the French electronica auteur over a decade’s music-making. But on ‘God Is Blue’, his sixth album, it seems he’s going all out to become a musical prophet. Tellier is seeking a new world order, questioning how we engage with the rest of the planet, and our fellow humans. Whether it’s tongue in cheek or not – and we suspect it is – he’ll only gain followers if his music is any cop. Thankfully, it is. Produced by enigmatic Ed Banger artist Mr Flash, it begins with the cinematic, emotive Air-style pianos and bombastic Carl Orff choral overload of ‘Pepito Bleu’ before washing into the slow, wonky digi-funk of ‘The Colour Of Your Mind’, which sounds like George Michael given a radical makeover.
Nothing much on ‘My God Is Blue’ teeters above 100bpm, so there’s a palpable lifting of mood when ‘Cochon Ville’ kicks in. An apparent homage to the French and Italian producers who shaped Eurodisco in the 70s, it throws together wah-wah guitars, pulsing synths and Tellier himself in full-on, suggestive, Serge Gainsbourg-style vocal mode. “Come with us, be with us, follow us…” he intones, summing up his followers. And if that doesn’t work, he threatens to seduce you with the twinkling, sexually charged electro waltz of ‘Mayday’. Tellier has been haunted by the overarching influence of his 2005 breakthrough ‘La Ritournelle’, which still soundtracks TV montages to this day. This ambitious, oddball, lush, relentlessly sexy electro-funk and twisted disco record shoots for something far higher than that. Target? The world.
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