France did not win this year’s Eurovision song contest, but Sebastien Tellier’s “Divine” was one of the only proper songs on show that night. Now it is a single lifted from his latest album “Sexuality”, full of fat vintage synthesisers and clicking drum machines, in a 70’s stylee.
“I come from a very underground world music but it’s a little world and now maybe I prefer the popular world because in the popular world questions are very simple, I like it or not, and it’s so simple”, says Tellier, rumoured to be the offspring of a member of 70’s prog-rockers Magma.
This year for the first time ever, France decided to participate in the Eurovision with a song which caused a public and political controversy because it is mainly sung in English.
“For me, London is a place of good music for French people. London is like a miracle of music because Paris, it’s so boring about music. If we talk about music, Paris is boring and London is marvellous. Eurovision for me is like a big light on my career. It’s strange because it’s a happy light and a sad light because sometimes Eurovision is such a pitiful TV show that maybe the light can burn me.”
“Sexuality” is produced by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk – People also remember the French electro pop musician’s “Fantino”, a song used as part of the sound track for Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation”. For those who want to discover more Sebastien Tellier is on a international tour – check his internet page for more details