Sébastien Tellier is a French musician, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. In the past he produced songs for Dita Von Teese and he has composed music for the French films Narco, Steak, Lost In Translation and others.
Tellier’s first album, L’incroyable Vérité (The Incredible Truth), was released in 2001. Tellier went on tour with Air in support of the album and was joined on stage by theremin player Pamelia Kurstin. L’incroyable Vérité is a pop album featuring styles from lo-fi electronica to bizarre cabaret tunes. Its sleeve featured Tellier in full evening dress on the front, while the back of jacket had a shot of him cavorting in a playboy’s pool. He instructed listeners only to listen to the album by candlelight.
Tellier followed L’incroyable Vérité with his second studio album Politics (2005). A particularly popular song from Politics was “La Ritournelle”, a string-led tune, which featured Nigerian drummer, Tony Allen who worked with Fela Kuti. “La Ritournelle” was remixed by various artists, notably in Britain by Metronomy.
Since the release of Politics, Tellier has also recorded an acoustic album of his more popular songs, Sessions (2006). The album was repackaged for the British market as Universe (2006), to include both highlights from the French CD, as well as compositions from Tellier’s score for the film Narco. This compilation included a cover of La Dolce Vita, a song originally by French singer Christophe.
Sébastien Tellier performing “Divine” at the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 in Belgrade, Serbia, 24 May 2008. His third studio album “Sexuality” was produced by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk. Like his previous album Politics, Tellier used a single term as title and theme of the album. In the past on a concert tour he accompanied compatriots Air.
Domesticated” is Sébastien Tellier’s 6th studio album, his groundbreaking come back since “L’Aventura” in 2014.
In his mind, he had only one ambition: gathering a fresh new guard of producers with the aim of crafting a new lush, futuristic pop sound, although still infused by his eternal and oh so special melodies. Mixed by the sound wizard Nk.F (celebrated for French rap duo PNL’s stunning sound), “Domesticated” will surprise you by its breadth and silkiness. Its topic, domestication, will speak to anybody delightfully familiar with the everyday domestic ballet of a household.
Mostly written at home, Sébastien allowed himself to be inspired by what he had in front of him: piles of plates stacked in the sink, dirty socks spread out on the scratched floor, two beautiful children he has yet to domesticate…or is it him now who is being domesticated?
NMR (photo: press Sébastien Tellier)