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Sébastien Tellier

When he was 20, the French musical wizard Sébastian Tellier wrote himself a book detailing what his future career would include.

He predicted a lifetime tackling life’s big themes: an album about politics, a record dealing with sexuality and to follow an assessment of God.

Along came 2004’s Politics and its slow-burn epic La Ritournelle, followed by 2008’s Sexuality which was produced by Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel. Earlier this year, My God Is Blue’s sensuous brew arrived.

He says the next adventure is a guarded secret and he prefers to save the surprise.

But chatting to The Guide from the offices of Record Makers, his Parisian label, he admits there is no mention in the prophetic book of the Eurovision song contest. In 2008, Tellier was picked by viewers of France 3 TV to play his disco pop track Divine as the country’s entry to the show.

The appearance shocked a few, but anyone who knew the Gallic daydreamer’s style would admit the joke was on the competition. He’s a curious individual with an elephantine imagination.

“It was not in the book because it’s a proposition from something else. The channel chooses who will be the guy to sing in Eurovision, and they chose me.”

If that sounds slightly prophetic then that’s because Tellier’s head is in a spiritual place.

“For me it was interesting, and even now it’s hard to believe I did that in my life.

“I did Eurovision like a kind of joke, for fun, but in fact it gave me a new audience.

“It works very well in Scandinavia, for example. When I go to play my music in Scandinavia, in front of me I have a lot of young people – they come to the show not to think about my music or to analyse my music, but just to sing the song with me.

“I love that. I love the light audience. I don’t like so much the intellectual audience because it’s so boring.”

For Tellier, it’s all about freedom of expression. The evidence comes from the video for the first single taken from My God Is Blue – the bass-driven 21st century funk of Cochon Ville (or, if you prefer, pig city).

He’s dressed in a blue silk robe. The beard and hair comes across all JC. He is flanked by an entourage that includes a band in black and red cloaks and hoods a la Spanish Holy Week, and a large number of attractive, naked girls.

“Some people saw that on the internet and think Cochon Ville is just an orgy and fictional entertainment to reach a new audience. The truth of this clip is it’s a message of freedom.

“In our commmunty, L’Alliance Bleue, all the communities and sexualities are welcome. For me it’s impossible to say anything wrong or bad.”

That limpid explanation fits with the grand ideas behind an album which harbours a prophetic philosophy.

The renowned provocateur wants to create a community of like-minded individuals who follow their dreams to find their true path in life.

He had the revelation in LA.

“The record was inspired by a dream and it was a waking dream because I was not asleep.

“I went to LA to try a magic potion with a shaman. And this potion gave me a huge and fabulous blue dream, but after I was not sleeping and it was a crazy night where everything was blue.

“During this night I felt myself very close to God, you know, very close to the truth, to solutions.

“For me it was fantastic and after that I came back to Paris and played piano thinking about this dream.”

The resulting songs came easier than ever before, almost effortlessly.

“You have to forget the verb to do and remember the verb to dream,” he adds when I ask about Les Messages Bleus he’s been sending to his L’Alliance Bleue followers.

“It’s really important to dream. Maybe to dream is one of the keys to being happy. Maybe it’s better to believe in your dream than your reality.”

L’Alliance Bleue is the community he’s creating to go with the spiritual concept of the album whose tracks “each hold a message to be uncovered”.

More than 130,000 people have already joined an online space for freedom and expression and musical harmony and ideas – no matter how zany.

“The real goal is to build an amusement park for adults because I think we miss fun.

“I live Paris but I have friends in London, in New York, and all of my friends are bored. OK you go to a restaurant one time, two times, after that you go to restaurants and that means nothing.

“We need real fun, like crashing a car in a coffee shop, jumping from a bridge and taking a helicopter,” he laughs.

“I want to create this place on Earth. For me it’s a goal to see my fantasy ville in reality. I don’t know, maybe a big lake of orange juice.”

Bizarrely, as Tellier sets out this vision, his tone is lucid and clear. But for the sounds on My God Is Blue, produced by Parisian DJ Mr Flash, from the electronic label Ed Banger, he has harnessed his imaginative scope.

Draw Your World has giant wailing rock guitars over huge French disco bass and programmed stadium drums. Magical Hurricane is a slice of bucolic folk. Russian Attractions is a layered pop beast, with strings and drama and plonking keys. Mayday is theme-park rollercoaster made on Wurlitzer. It’s quite a record.

“It’s a kind of rollercoaster for adults,” he says, “A sweet one.”

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