Christine and the Queens will release an album credited to Chris’ new alter ego Redcar, titled Redcar les Adorables Étoiles, on Nov. 11. He had planned on launching the album with special performances in Paris and London this month but has postponed the performances after injuring himself while dancing during rehearsals. He will now perform at Paris’ Le Cirque d’Hiver on November 9 and 10 and in London at a yet to be announced date. He included info about previously purchased tickets in a tweet.
In June, Chris released the album’s “Je Te Vois Enfin,” which felt like the spiritual sequel to Chris’ 2020-defining “People, I’ve Been Sad”, since “Je Te Vois Enfin” translates to “I Finally See You.” The track, which Chris sings entirely in French, is more upbeat than “People” with jittery synths soundtracking her layered vocals. Some of the lyrics translate to “My love rhymes with always” and “Oh, my love, here you are/I finally see you.”
The song was “imagined, written, produced and performed by Christine and the Queens,” the brainchild of French artist Hélöise Letissier, and mixed by Mike Dean, who has worked with Kanye West and Lana Del Rey. The song introduced Letissier’s “Redcar” persona.
In a recent New York Times interview about Chris’ collaboration with Caroline Polachek on Charli XCX’s single “New Shapes,” Chris spoke about the importance of addressing gender fluidity. “My journey with gender has always been tumultuous,” Chris said. “It’s raging right now, as I’m just exploring what is beyond this. A way to express it could be switching between they and she. I kind of want to tear down that system that made us label genders in such a strict way. … I don’t want to rush that conversation, and I might never answer again. But in my work I’m finding ways to make that journey joyful.
“I believe the real gestures are artistic, because the real discussion on queerness is also a discussion about the society we live in, about capitalism, about social justice,” Chris continued. “It’s not just about me every morning wondering, am I masculine or feminine? It’s all-encompassing.”
Redcar les Adorables Étoiles track list:
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1. “Ma Bien Aimée Bye Bye”
2. “Tu Sais Ce Qu’il Me Faut”
3. “La Chanson du Chevalier”
4. “Rien Dire”
5. “La Clairefontaine”
6. “Les Étoiles”
7. “Mémoire des Ailes”
8. “Looking for Love”
9. “My Birdman”
10. “Combien de Temps”
11. “Je Te Vois Enfin”
13. “Les Âmes Amantes”
This story was updated on 9/13/2022 to reflect the new release date and on 7/6/2022 to reflect the Redcar album news and track list.