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395 – Sebastien Tellier

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Sometimes fate just smiles upon you and you chance upon an artist at the peak of their powers and with Sebastien Tellier providing this week’s podcast we think we’re very much in the right place at the right time.

Following the exciting announcements of details of a show at London’s Village Underground this Autumn and a new single entitled Love, taken from his most recent album L’Aventura we think we’re further showcasing the immense talents of the irrepressible French singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist at the perfect time as he delivers some of the most exciting material of his career. For the uninitiated L’Aventura is Tellier’s fifth album official and debut LP for Record Makers – and first for Because Music in the UK. It follows L’Incoyable Verite (2001), Politics (2004), Sexuality (2008) and My God Is Blue (2012). It is a concept set in a part-mythical Brazil, cinematic and adventurous, musically it adds exquisite Brazilian tones to Tellier’s usual idiosyncratic palate of Gallic pop & chanson, baroque and electronic.

A unique and hugely talented artist, Tellier’s gifts lay in the unquantifiable. The son of a musician whose first inspiration came from Pink Floyds Atom Heart Mother, he released his first album in 2001 and his break-through single La Ritournelle in 2004 and in subsequent years has carved out a diverse and esoteric path, from working with Daft Punk, Air and Sofia Copolla, to appearing on stage on a golf-cart representing France in 2008’s Eurovision Song Contest. This is a man who refuses to walk anyone else’s path when he can blaze his own trail. Enjoy.

Sum up this podcast in 10 words… Brasil, funk, heat, Summer, cachaça, bossa nova, holidays, beach, Rio, L’Aventura What’s your personal favourite track on it? Arthur Verocai – Na Boca Do Sol What’s the special ingredient in this mix? The sun ! What’s the best gig you’ve played recently? At London’s Somerset House What have you got coming up? Preparing my live set for this Fall tour in Europe And finally, do you have a special message for our readers? Listen to the music!! TracklistingPierre Barouh – Samba Saravah Chico Buraque – Ole Ola Chico Buarque – Construçao Gal Costa – Tuareg Julien Baer – Le Monde S’Ecroule Arthur Verocai – Na Boca Do Sol Chico Buarque ft Ennio Morricone – Rotativa Tim Maia – No Caminho Do Bem Gilberto Gil – Toda Menina Baiana Bobby Caldwell – What You Won’t Do For Love Ethel Beatty – It’s Your Love The Stone Roses – Something Burning

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