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The pleasure principle of Sebastien Tellier

September 22, 2009 |  4:58 pm


“I have much love for L.A.” Sebastien Tellier enthused during a recent phone interview from his home base of France. “I love the style of the houses on the hill, the energy and the people. It’s like living in a dream, but it’s real. There is just so much pleasure there. My English is not good enough to really explain my strong feelings for the city.”

Pleasure is something Tellier (who performs in L.A. this week as part of the French music fest Ooh La La) knows well. His latest album, “Sexuality,” is all about the pleasures of the flesh (it was produced by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, one half of legendary French electronic duo Daft Punk).

Swaddled in thick swaths of synthesizer tones and Tellier’s earnest vocal delivery, songs such as “Kilometer” and “Pomme” are soundtracks of seduction, complete with female moans distinct in the mix.

Currently finishing a soundtrack for a friend’s movie, he’s already looking forward to crafting what will become his next full-length release.

“My head is just so full of ideas that need to come out,” he laughs. “I would love to work with Guy-Man again, but it’s just so complicated. He’s a very busy guy. But when I think of making music now, I can’t help but think of him and how he would respond to it. He’s become very important to me in that way.”

-- Scott T. Sterling

Sebastian Tellier performs at the Music Box @ Fonda on Wednesday. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster.

Photo: Sebastien Tellier. Credit: L Brancowitz