In a sentence:
‘La Vita Nuova’, a surprise new six-track EP from Hélöise Letissier’s Christine & The Queens, expounds on the same themes as 2018’s album ‘Chris’.
past few years, society has been swept by a shifting cultural zeitgeist,
challenging traditional gender archetypes of male and female. The rise of a new
generation of androgynous pop artists, joining the hallowed ranks of early
visionaries such as David Bowie and Madonna, have become instrumental in pushing
the conversation into the mainstream, illustrating the ways that traditional
gender binaries can be torn apart, reconstructed, deconstructed, or even
rejected. On her last Christine & The Queens album Chris,
Hélöise Letissier produced a thoughtful exploration of
the male gaze, playing around with themes of male sexual desire, dominance, and
“the taboo of a woman being blunt and forward”. The surprise release of this
latest EP La Vita Nuova – or ‘The New Life’ – sees the artist continuing
to build upon an increasingly gender-shattering oeuvre of work.
past, Letissier has stated that “dancing for me is
like a second language”. Perhaps drawing inspiration from her live
performances, where dance and movement are irrevocably intertwined with
music, On La Vita Nuova, she has
opted for a deeper confluence of music and visual art than previous outings,
pairing surrealism and dance with woozy trap beats throughout its 14-minute music video.
Opener ‘People, I’ve Been Sad’
is gloomily danceable, setting the tone of a brilliantly choreographed journey
of music and dance. Each song is a smorgasbord of complex emotions and
feelings, and is deeply effective at conveying inward disconsolation as well as
the catharsis of emotional release. In regards to the latter, title track ‘La Vita Nuova’ is surprisingly
feel-good, immersing retro-grooves in a
feverish purple haze of carnal desire and expression.
Nuova is a mature
exploration of the deepest impulses of human sexuality. It’s a piece of art
that is stunning as well as shocking, and dwells internally in a place between
inward and outward expressions of libido without appearing overly-pretentious
or tawdry. Its short duration only adds strength to an articulate message about
gender that is refreshingly heretical in the best possible way. (8/10) (Jake
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