CD: Sébastien Tellier, Sexuality

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Parisian Sébastien Tellier appears to have tapped Serge Gainbourg's early 1970s potency for his third album: every track is about lovemaking and sex. On Pomme, the hirsute Frenchman references Je T'Aime by recording orgasmic moans over a languid groove. Sexuality is deftly produced by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk and, because of his keen sense of disco-pop, it's Tellier's most accessible work yet. They have a shared love of vintage synths, and Tellier's sighing French and English vocals are wrapped in lush keyboards and swooning synthetic basslines. Previously best known for 2005's incredible La Ritournelle - which became the go-to piece on TV whenever heart strings required pulling - he brings a similar, emotional resonance to Sexuality, whether it's within the polished disco of Roche, the bebop pop of Divine or Sexual Sportwear, which recalls the hypnotic instrumentals of Giorgio Moroder's Scarface soundtrack.


John Burgess

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