For the previously uninitiated, Christine and the Queens, or simply, ‘Chris’, is Héloïse Letissier; French singer, songwriter and producer. Her iconic debut album Chaleur Humaine sold over 1.3 million copies. She returns with ‘Girlfriend’ – a confident, provocative, sometimes tough, and always bold, pop-funk track.
‘Girlfriend’ unapologetically paints a vivid picture with lyrics like ‘yes sir, I am wet, for I abandoned my fame in this lake’, and ‘Came back steaming in sweats in the morning’. Not shying away from playing around with gender norms, Letissier questions identity in her new release, challenging what it means to be ‘macho’ as a woman. ‘What does it mean if I’m this [macho] figure?’ she poses. ‘Does it make me an aberration? Is it joyful?’
“I felt I had to address female desire and its diversity,” she says. “How sometimes it’s blacked out or ignored. It’s still something quite suspicious or slightly dirty. I felt like it was important to be more unapologetic about that. There are hints of nights spent having sex and coming back covered in sweat. Like a male figure, the young hero who has love stories, and comes back in the morning and his friends are like: ‘What happened to you?’ I want to be that,” says Letissier.
If this track wasn’t cool enough already, Letissier also pays tribute to her long time love of G-Funk by collaborating with G-funk pioneer, Dâm-Funk, who sings and plays on the track. This is the type of song that stays stuck in your head for days but you don’t wish it would go away.