Christine and the queens is the queen of French pop !
An electro pop act created by Nantes-born Héloïse Letissier. Originally into theatre, the young French woman had a moment of doubt and came to London to think things over. She’s not the first or last to do this but in her case the outcome was quite extraordinary.
Inspired by the drag queens she met on nights out in the city, she got the idea to reinvent herself as a solo singer backed by a fictional group of queens. London freed her up as an artist and back in France, she is now a strong signature of the French pop scene.
Her style is quirky and sincere, she has a great voice and sings both in English and French. She presents herself in a somewhat androgynous light, which is rather refreshing in a genre that is overcrowded with makeup-caked, excessively feminine, synth pop sirens. That celebration of adrogeny runs throughout the videos for “The Loving Cup”, “Narcissus is Back” and “Nuit 17 à 52”, which sees Letissier embracing her inner drag king.
Emitting a vibe that recalls Michael Jackson circa Off The Wall, sans those trademark white socks, Letissier dances in a dark red room on a gigantic, crimson platform throughout the video for “Saint Claude”. Gradually her limbs are lengthened to fantastical extremes and she levitates in the air.