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Sébastien Tellier

La Ritournelle - 2022 Reissue

    "La Ritournelle" is undoubtedly Sebastien Tellier's biggest song. Since its first release in 2003, it kept growing and circulating throughout the world year after year like a virus. Considered by many as the ultimate love anthem of the 21st century, the song has now infected numerous hearts and lovers, and gained a classic status.

    The song is made of 7 epic minutes of a sensual and mesmerizing piano hook, with the late afro-beat maestro Tony Allen on drums, lush romantic strings, Philippe Zdar on the mix, and a heartbreaking lyric at the center of the song that goes:

    Oh nothing's going to change my love for you / I wanna spend my life with you So we make love on the grass under the moon / No one call tell, damned if I do Forever journey on golden avenues / I drift in your eyes since I love you I got that beat in my veins for only rule / Love is to share, mine is for you

    Since the release, we have received countless love messages. One from a famous DJ who told us he heard the tune while driving on the freeway and had to stop on the side of the road, in tears. Many couples have asked whether Tellier would perform "La Ritournelle" at their wedding ceremony.

    It was sampled by The Weeknd for the song on "Kiss Land" (2013) and used in several long feature films. "La Ritournelle": often been copied and covered, but rarely equaled.

    For the first time, Record Makers is releasing the song with its most successful remixes on one EP, and a special gift in memory of his genius: Tony Allen's bonus beat, the original drum track, a must have for DJs. Also included: Gilligan Moss' mix, an atmospheric remix and a streaming hit, and Mr Dan's Magic Wand mix, the chorus/verse version of "La Ritournelle", basically "Unfinished Sympathy pt. II", according to the NME.


    A1. La Ritournelle
    A2. La Ritournelle (Mr Dan's Magic Wand Mix)
    B1. La Ritournelle (Gilligan Moss Mix)
    B2. La Ritournelle (Tony Allen Bonus Beat)

    Sébastien Tellier

    My God Is Blue - 2022 Repress

      “Don’t listen to my record, listen to my message, vibrate to my music, let’s merge our dreams, together spreading our combined energy in an immense blue wave that will flood the world - and the truth with emerge.”

      Announcing his long awaited return with this distinct message, Sébastien Tellier bounds back to the forefront of our collective musical conscience with his highly anticipated fourth studio album, My God Is Blue.

      It’s a record whose message is powered by something almighty, by some higher plane, by something much more spiritually significant than anything else the Parisian artist has composed to date. It’s an album harbouring a prophetic philosophy and a vision of ideality, an album whose music seeks to not only entertain, inspire and charm, but also to create a community of like minded individuals searching to follow their dreams, and find their true path in life.

      “I’d finished my tour for Sexuality and needed to recharge and re-motivate myself to go and make a new record,” says Tellier. “But I was a little bit… lost. I was looking for a subject that I was passionate about.” It was this search, this quest for spiritual and musical inspiration that led Tellier to take heed of the advice that “ to be able to make pure music, you have to focus on removing yourself, distancing yourself from your dreams.”

      As such, Tellier began to notice a pattern in his dreams, and one which would go on to become the foundation of his latest oeuvre: “It had a really strong effect on me, I realised that I had blue dreams, I was having blue visions. When I went back to Paris to start making music, I wrote while thinking about what this meant, thinking about blue dreams, about spirituality, about truth.”


      A1. Pepito Bleu
      A2. The Colour Of Your Mind
      A3. Sedulous
      A4. Cochon Ville
      A5. Magical Hurricane
      A6. Russian Attractions
      B1. Mayday
      B2. Draw Your World
      B3. My Poseidon
      B4. Against The Law
      B5. My God Is Blue
      B6. Yes It's Possible

      Sébastien Tellier


        In January 2004, Sébastien Tellier released "Politics", an ambitious album which preaches the defense of the oppressed peoples, in a luxurious dressing. The press went mental, and he was consider elitist and entitled. Nevertheless, "La Ritournelle" is a piece which the whole of France knows, without knowing who sings it. It goes on to be the last ever song played at Manchester’s infamous Electric Chair. Keeping Tellier’s idiosyncratic murmerings etched onto the craniums of whole generation of acid house dads and Balearic wash-outs.

        Sébastien Tellier's live shows reached a kind of artistic summit, a model of intensity and starkness. Tellier then decided to record, on December 30th 2005, an acoustic session of his catalogue accompanied by the pianist Simon Dalmais. The fruit of this session gave birth to this album, "Sessions", intimate and stripped back. "Sessions" is a collection of timeless pieces, stemming from his directory, with sympathy to the authors / composers / performers whom the songs were originally written. This is the first time this album has been released on vinyl.


        1. Bye Bye
        2. La Ritournelle
        3. Black Douleur
        4. League Chicanos
        5. La Dolce Vita
        6. Fantino
        7. Kissed By You
        8. Broadway
        9. Universe
        10. Classic

        Sébastien Tellier

        Politics - 2021 Reissue

        Sébastien Tellier, the first signing to Record Makers, returned after his 2001 "L'Incroyable Vérité" album and his appearance on the soundtrack to Sofia Coppola's "Lost In Translation" with "Politics", a stunning eleven-track CD of almost indescribable cinematic and uplifting music. Produced in Paris by the legendary Philip Zdar (Cassius, Etienne de Crecy), "Politics" is an uncompromising album featuring contributions from artists as diverse as Tony Allen (Fela Kuti), Quentin Dupieux (aka Mr Oizo) and the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra.

        "Bye-Bye", the first track on the album was originally written as part of the score for Sebastien's starring role in the Quentin Dupieux directed file "Nonfilm", with Tony Allen striking the perfect chord for 'Bye-Bye's rhythms. However after 'Bye-Bye' everything came together for the album - and Tellier began composing music in Phillippe Zdar's studios at 84 Rue Des Martyrs, Paris.

        "Let's give the minorities their say, and show the way to those who have forgotten the roots of our planet's problems! The East Germans should know, and the wetbacks, and those who work themselves into the ground! Say no to stylistic controls, don't fight the rhythm - Tony Allen will be there to support me along with the rest of them", he said.

        And that's what happened: the troops stormed in to defend the Native Americans ("Ketchup Vs Genocide"), the Mexicans ("League Chicanos"), two Africas, one idealized and one torn by civil war ("Wonderafrica" and "La Tuerie"), and a sporty East German who actually misses the Berlin Wall because she hasn't been able to play solo tennis since it's collapse ("Mauer") - in short, the oppressed were finally given a voice and re-ushered into a very personal but also universal "POLITICS".

        This voice is magnified by open, melodious music that is unfettered and full of pleasure. With 'Politics' we blissfully sing of the pleasures of eating bananas under the sun, or of making love with the moonlight. It's that simple. Under Tellier the oppressed fought valiantly in the Martyr Road Studios, right up until 31st May 2003, when Paris' 18th arrondisement was itself stormed - by freak hail, which destroyed all of the artist's equipment. Only the master tapes remained, which, then dripping wet, he was grateful to pass onto Phillippe Zdar for the genial mix that is now 'Politics'.

        And on this album appears Sébastien's masterpiece, the melody that everybody knows, "La Ritournelle"


        A1. Bye-Bye
        A2. League Chicanos
        A3. Wonderafrica
        A4. Broadway
        A5. La Ritournelle
        B1. Benny
        B2. Slow Lynch
        B3. Mauer
        B4. La Tuerie
        B5. Ketchup Vs Genocide
        B6. Zombi

        Six studio albums, four original motion picture scores, and a plethora of side projects... Sebastien Tellier writes with every breath, composes melodies to the whim of his obsessions like his musical peers Robert Wyatt, Todd Rundgren or Ariel Pink. Since Sessions (2006), the first time he covered his own repertoire, Sebastien experienced an international success with Sexuality, and released the great epics of My God Is Blue and L’Aventura, and the bustle of his new role as a father with Domesticated.

        His new album Simple Mind is a lush though very minimalistic resume of some of his most beautiful compositions ; a classic live-recorded album where old and more recent songs will find a confined listener caught in a wave of domestic bliss.

        "Simple Mind is a total rebirth for my music. For this minimalistic live recording, I’m cleansing my own songs so you can (re)discover them in the most pure and intimate way. I want to take you to the closest of my chords, my melodies and my voice in order to share the essence of my art with you. As simple as that. Bisou." - Sébastien Tellier


        A1. Domestic Tasks
        A2. L'amour Et La Violence
        A3. Look
        A4. A Ballet
        A5. Divine
        B1. Intromission
        B2. Fingers Of Steel
        B3. Stuck In A Summer Love
        B4. Comment Revoir Oursinet?
        B5. Ricky L'adolescent
        B6. Against The Law

        Sébastien Tellier


          An electronica album that buzzes with humanity, his most melodically refined work to date and a joyous Franco-pop fantasia.

          The parisian pop genius took one of his famous leaps into the unknown with the release of his recent single ‘a ballet’. Sonically it was full of the character you’d hope for him to deliver - dreamy French electronica, classic pop songwriting and yacht rock-style sax. Thematically, however, it played with the unlikely parallels between music and the never-ending routine of domestic life. As he questions, “maybe the key to happiness is there, hidden under a dirty laundry basket?” setting himself apart from an ocean of beat-makers, Tellier wrote the vocal melodies first and then arranged the instrumentation around them. His surge of inspiration was such that he wrote 200 songs for the project, yet he also possessed the discipline to keep the final album to a taut and concise eight tracks.


          Side A
          A1. A Ballet
          A2. Stuck In A Summer Love
          A3. Venezia
          A4. Domestic Tasks

          Side B
          B1. Oui
          B2. Atomic Smile
          B3. Hazy Feelings
          B4. Won

          Record Makers kick off their Sébastien Tellier reissue series with a fresh pressing of the bearded hero's debut LP, "L’Incroyable Vérité". Snapped up by Air as the first signing to their then new Record Makers imprint off the strength of his contributions to the 1998 Source Rocks compilation and the "Lost In Translation OST", Tellier released "L’Incroyable Vérité" in 2001 to marmite effect! Mixed with Mr Oizo (another total joker), the LP shifts between lo-fi electronica, bizarre cabaret, dreamy downbeat and swooning cinematic numbers, throwing a lot of listeners of the scent, but rewarding the real heads with gorgeous songwriting, intelligent lyrics and accomplished instrumentation, mostly played by Sebastien himself. "L’Incroyable Vérité" is an album about life. You can hear a dog singing, a woman screaming, and legs growing. Sébastien Tellier recommends that you listen to his album alone and by candle-light.


          1/A1. Oh Malheur Chez O’Malley
          2/A2. Kazoo III
          3/A3. Universe
          4/A4. L’Enfance D’Un Chien
          5/A5. Une Vie De Papa
          6/A6. Fin Chien
          7/B1. Grec
          8/B2. Kissed By You
          9/B3. Fantino
          10/B4. Trilogie Femme
          11/B5. Black Douleur

          Fourteen years on from its 2003 release, and ten years on from its first vinyl release, Sebastien Tellier's "Narco OST" gets another run on the black stuff courtesy of Record Makers. Now, while the rest of his ouevre has seen the bearded genius dabble with tropicalia, indulge in lo-fi cabaret, espouse messianic disco and put a synth-y spin on Gainsbourg's sex pop, "Narco" is a straightforward collection of stunning instrumental passages, lazy funk, soaring strings and piano. Tied together by a recurring motif and consistent sound palette, it is a strikingly coherent effort from a man known for wild changes of direction.
          But that entire preamble is made largely irrelevant by the following information - the last track on Side B is none other than "La Ritournelle", one of the finest songs ever written and Tellier's crowning glory. If you don't know it, you're in for a life changing treat. Jazzy drums, sublime piano and gorgeous, heart melting strings dance around a core motif for three and a half minutes before Seb dives in with a stunning vocal and takes us home. Bittersweet pop perfection and the perfect end of night record, it's worth the entry fee on its own!


          A1 La Ballade Du Georges
          A2 Le Démon Pupkin
          A3 Le Château Pupkin
          A4 Le Beguin Begins
          A5 Le Long De La Rivière Tendre
          A6 Dixi
          A7 Pam! Exit La Folle
          B1 Georges Thibault Rouhergues
          B2 Rien De Rien Par Pupkin
          B3 Gus Gracie
          B4 Un Narco En Été
          B5 Pupkin Et Ses Démons
          B6 La Ritournelle

          Sebastien Tellier

          L'Incroyable Verite


            12” - 1x 12" 180 Gr, Glossy lacquered sleeve 380 Gr / black printed inner sleeve / Mp3 download card inside

            « L’Incroyable Vérité » is the first album of Sébastien Tellier. His previous discographic publications consist of a participation in the Source Rocks compilation, in 1998, with «Fantino» (used in Sofia Coppola's Lost In Translation film), which was noticed by the magazine Rolling Stone («(…) one of the loneliest sounds you will hear this year», December 1998).

            The album was recorded between September 1999 and March 2000.

            Sébastien plays most of the instruments and produced his album himself. It was mixed by Quentin Dupieux (aka Mr Oizo) and

            Sebastien Tellier in July 2000 with the help of Guillaume Lebraz.

            Sébastien and Mathieu Tonetti wrote the lyrics to the songs.

            «L’Incroyable Vérité» is an album about life. You can hear a dog singing, a woman screaming, and legs growing.

            Sébastien Tellier recommends that you listen to his album alone by candle-light.

            TRACK LISTING

            A1. Oh Malheur Chez O’Malley
            A2. Kazoo III
            A3. Universe
            A4. L’Enfance D’Un Chien
            A5. Une Vie De Papa
            A6. Fin Chien
            B1. Grec
            B2. Kissed By You
            B3. Fantino
            B4. Trilogie Femme
            B5. Black Douleur

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