French pop icon Héloïse Letissier, best known as Christine And The Queens, made her long-awaited return back in May with the double-language-double-single ‘Girlfriend’/'Damn, dis-moi', a slinking hunk of ’80s-nodding funk, as a fiery first taste of things to come on her long-awaited second album, and a complete swerve in direction. On July 3, Christine unveiled the album artwork on her official Twitter and Instagram pages, announcing in the caption that the record will be released September 21.
A gender-bending figure who blends macho seduction with powerful femininity, Chris is introduced in the first few seconds of ‘Girlfriend’/'Damn, dis-moi' with husky tones, and her second album as a whole will apparently continue in a similarly bold direction. One word has featured prominently in Héloïse Letissier’s vocabulary over the last couple years – sweaty. At the beginning of 2017, the French star told NME to expect a “sweaty and tougher” second album, alluding vaguely towards higher tempos, and even more dancing this time around.
“The second album is very much about cinema, to me,” she told Beats1. Apparently the record will borrow from movie icons, too. “Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo & Juliet [is a] interesting figure,” she said, “tiny, mafioso and interesting. I kind of wanted to steal the energy of some male characters and use it for myself. I like to steal things from men basically.”
While the debut album ‘Chaleur Humaine’ explores the constrictions around being a young woman in a world filled with gender biases, the follow-up will go down the route of completely subverting stereotypes instead. Sexuality on LP2 looks set to be bolder, braver, and far more confident, too.
“I’m going to redefine what it means to be sexy, and it’s going to be creepy as hell,” she told NME in 2016. “I could never do the ‘sexy’ way of being sexy. The first album was a coming-of-age album – I don’t like the phrase, but when you listen to it you can tell I was having a hard time, that I wasn’t socially relating to people. Since then, things have happened to me, including sexual experiences. I’ve experienced being properly lost in my desires and it’s really influenced my writing. I’m obsessed with the lusting female figure in pop music: I don’t know why George Michael should be able to sing ‘I Want Your Sex’ and I can’t, because I do. I want their sex as well, you know?”.