Christine and the Queens has officially announced her highly anticipated sophomore album, Chris, and has released two songs from the album titled “Doesn’t Matter” and the French version, “Doesn’t Matter (voleur de soleil).”
The video for the infectious single begins with Letissier waking up on the pavement, looking confused as she questions her place in the universe. The rhythm throughout the song picks up as Letissier gets into a spirited dance-off with her male counterpart. As the synth-pop beat continues, Letissier’s dance moves become increasingly angry towards the man, as she is seen yelling at him and chasing him away. Staying true to the English anthem, the French version of the video remains exactly the same. The chorus remains in English, but verses are crooned beautifully in French.
The forthcoming LP, which was entirely written and arranged by Christine and the Queens (aka Héloïse Letissier), is set to release on September 21. The synth-pop French musician stopped by Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats 1 to talk about the record, mentioning that Chris will be “sweaty and tougher” than anything else that she has ever done. She also expressed how excited she is about the new image that she has put forth on the album with the help of a newly found “confidence and strength” in her sexuality.
Letissier has evolved from the voice that she first presented in Chaleur Humaine, stating that Chris is actually a representation of the person that she has developed into since the release of the self-titled album.
“I have the weirdest and the most beautiful job in the world, where I can get to choose and decide who I want to become and how far I want to go and where I want to go. And it had to be Chris at some point because I was bolder and I was stronger and had more muscle,” she said.”It was so natural for me to shed the rest of the stage name and to cut my hair. I had to make visible and to make really blatant for people that something changed in me, and I was actually, you know, getting stronger.”
Along with her newly found persona, Letissier also talks about how her body has physically changed from the blood, sweat, and tears that she has put into her performances each night.
“I could see muscles emerge. I was becoming more of a powerful female right. And with that interesting new narratives came into my life because I used to be quite recused before and solitary and now I was just like you know blasting up tracks and it changes the relationship to desire as well. You kind of become a bit more. You know I was I was watching documentaries of Madonna in the ’90s like kind of being unapologetically strong onstage and then after that demanding people you know to have interactions with her. I think I could relate to that at some point I was like you know I have. I’m receiving so much energy I’m kind of oozing it now.”
Christine and the Queens will be making one Canadian stop during her international fall tour later this year in Toronto at The Danforth Music Hall. You can visit Christine and the Queens’ official website for ticket information.