Christine and the Queens set to Conquer America with Infectious Pop
Christine and the Queens recorded 2016’s biggest selling UK debut. With more than 400,000 Twitter followers, 163,000 YouTube subscribers and 160,000 Instagram followers, it’s clear that the French newcomer has already found a dedicated fan base. However, despite her meteoric rise across Europe, most American music lovers are just catching up. Christine and the Queens, whose real name is Héloïse Letissier, recorded her self-titled debut album in French. But thanks to an English rerecording, she’s set to become the indie darling of the states.
28-year-old Letissier created her Christine alter ego as a means of overcoming her life as a self-described hermit. Her bubbly brand of alternative synth pop reels you in with state-of-the-art production. But a quick listen to the lyrics reveals something more profound—an artist who’s worth your time and attention.
On the infectious “Tilted”, she sings, “I will die before Methuselah/So I’ll fight sleep with Ammonia/And every morning with eyes all red/I’ll miss them for all the tears they shed.” Two things are immediately clear: the gravity of her lyrics hasn’t been lost in translation and she isn’t your run of the mill pop star hunting for her next hit. This is pop music with meaning.
Originally released in Europe as Chaleur Humaine, Letissier’s debut was critically lauded and commercially successful. She quickly became a fixture on the festival circuit and an American release seemed imminent.
Christine and the Queens maintains its French heritage and allure throughout despite the English update to the album’s lyrics. The songs maintain their rich personality, and that’s no surprise given Letissier’s strong presence.
In several interviews, she’s spoken openly about sexuality and her original quest to become a director. After running into rejection in the world of theater, she had a chance encounter with a group of drag queens at Madame Jojo’s in London’s chic Soho neighborhood. It was then that she learned the power of expressing herself through another persona. This is the night that Christine was born.
The Guardian reports that Letissier may not have lived to see the light of day without Christine.
“I really considered suicide for real,” she told the publication. “I’m way too much of a coward to do it, even if I wanted to. But it was purely unbearable, and I had nothing to sustain me, so Christine was me having a new writing technique, and so then a new way to be.”
As she gained popularity underground, French labels came running with hopes of transforming her into the French equivalent of Lady Gaga or Lana Del Rey. However, she stayed true to her vision and craft. It’s that dedication to her truth has made her a household name in Europe and has her poised to break through in the U.S.
For those interested in sampling what she has to offer, the Saint Claude EP offers a tasty snippet of her catchy hooks and biting wit. However, once you have a bite, you’ll undoubtedly move on to the full-length. Then, it’s only a matter of time before you’re humming “Tilted” and frantically checking for her upcoming tour dates.
Check out the video for “Saint Claude” here: http://www.thecoloragent.com/christine-and-the-queens-saint-claude-official-music-video/