Sebastien Tellier L'Incroyable Verite

Sebastien Tellier is a one-man prodigy of necromantic weirdness. He plays every instrument himself - no doubt the only method by which his broad palette could ever be realised. A Spanish ballad turns into an effects-laden Pink Floyd-esque number that is played along to a '70s television variety show theme. Another analogy could be that he plays soundtrack music for campy yet intelligent surrealistic sci-fi shoe-gazer movie westerns; where Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells meets Ed Wood's Plan 9 From Outer Space. Plenty of keyboard whimper nostalgia makes Tellier sound like an eternally lost and wandering soul, yet it is personal and subliminally gleeful enough for any listener to relate and feel relaxed, one way or another. The dichotomy works rather well in this case. (Astralwerks)