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Sébastien Tellier — L’Aventura

Sébastien Tellier — L'Aventura (July 14th, 2014)

FRA Flag          Sébastien Tellier — L’Aventura
Born: 30 November 1974, Le Plessis-Bouchard, France
Genres: French pop, new wave, synthpop, electronica
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, piano, bass guitar, synthesizer, keyboards, percussion
Location: Paris, France
Album release: July 14th, 2014
Record Label: Record Makers/Because Music
Duration:     53:46
01. ‘Love’     4:27    
02. ‘Sous Les Rayons Du Soleil’     3:32    
03. ‘Ma Calypso’     5:16
04. ‘L’Adulte’     3:19
05. ‘Rick L’Adolescent’     5:05
06. ‘Aller Vers Le Soleil’     5:29
07. ‘Comment Revoir Oursinet?’     14:12
08. ‘L’Amour Carnaval’     2:57
09. ‘Ambience Rio’     4:32
10. ‘L’Enfant Vert’     4:37
2014 Record Makers

•  L’Aventura follows 2013′s Confection and sees the singer–songwriter adding exquisite Brazilian tones to his chansons (the album was recorded at the CBE & Futur de L’Audiovisuel studios in Paris, Jean–Michel Jarre’s studio in Bougival and Cia dos Tecnicos studio in Rio de Janeiro). Tellier describes the upcoming LP as “a reinvention of childhood. My job as an artist and singer is to run away from reality. You cannot change the present or the future, so if you want to change reality, change the past.”
•  Tellier has also unveiled the video to L’Aventura’s first single, ‘L’Adulte’, in which you can already feel the exotic touch he’s added to his music: “Brazilian music is perfect as it’s full of mysterious chords and strange melodies, but also light & sunny. I feel my previous albums were just tests to reach this point.”
•  Sebastien Tellier releases his sixth album on 14 July, and as a taster we've got an exclusive look at the video for its lead single, L’Adulte. The song itself manages to be both breezily tropical and ineffably sad at the same time, essaying a summery bossa nova, with a video that sees the heavily bearded Tellier wandering his way around Brazil (we have a sneaking suspicion that Brazil is going to be a big theme of the early summer. We’re pretty sharp at noticing when there’s going to be a giant sports tournament somewhere), with a fair amount of carnival action. Though the music makes one suspect Tellier was going home alone at the end of the night.
•  It’s no surprise that L’Adulte is so bossa themed, given that its parent album, L’Aventura, is “a concept set in a part–mythical Brazil, cinematic and adventurous” (we’re quoting from the press release there).
•  L’Aventura is released on Because Music on 14 July.
Website: http://www.sebastientellier.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sebtellier
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sebastientellierofficial
Press: Record Makers :
Agent: FRANCE & WORLD : Thierry Langlois (Uni-T) / EUROPE : Cris Hearn (Primary) :
••  Sébastien Tellier is a multifaceted instrumentalist/singer from Paris, France’s 17th Arrondissement, an elongated arts–and–culture–rich territory located near the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Élysées. 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 ear of fellow labelmates Nicolas Godin and Jean–Benoît Dunckel, better known as Air. The duo and their management team 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. L’Incroyable Vérité was released in June 2001.
••  His next record didn’t appear until 2005. Politics was mixed by Philippe Zdar of Cassius and featured a guest spot by drummer Tony Allen of Fela fame. The following year Tellier re–recorded a batch of his songs acoustically and released them under the title Sessions (though in the U.K. it was retitled Universe and included pieces from Tellier’s soundtrack for the film Narco). For his next record, Sexuality, Tellier signed up Daft Punk’s Guy–Manuel de Homem–Christo as producer and ended up with a more slickly 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.
••  In 2010 Tellier released an album of remixes of songs from Sexuality titled Sexuality Remix. He returned with new material in 2012 with My God Is Blue, a spiritually minded set of songs that featured a collaboration with de Homem–Christo on the title track. The following year saw the release of Confection, a collection of romantic instrumentals similar to his earliest albums.
Year/Album/Peak positions/Certifications:
— — — — — — — — — —  — — FR — BEL (Vl) — BEL (Wa) — SWE
2001 —  L’incroyable Vérité  —    —             —              — 
2004 —  Politics                  #123   —             —              — 
2008 —  Sexuality              #33     —            #68             #43 
2012 —  My God Is Blue    #17     #95           #31           — 
2013 —  Confection           #52     #179         #69           — 
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