Christine and the Queens — aka French pop musician Héloïse Letissier — announced her new sophomore album, Chris, alongside her latest music video for “Doesn’t Matter” on Thursday (July 5). Chris will be released in English and French on Sept. 21 Because Music.
The “Doesn’t Matter” music video prances around the question of a higher power, and the unapologetically pop synth beat serves as the soundtrack for two dancers duking it out by doing what they know best. Their physical struggle imitates what Letissier imagines might happen between humans and God.
“It’s a crisis song that I wrote late one night,” Letissier said in a press release. “This song is a cathedral, with a rhythm as unalterable as white stone. The bass line, I remember playing it for hours, as if to rock myself.”
Colin Solal Cardo directed the performance piece, which comes in an English and French version: “Doesn’t Matter” and “Doesn’t Matter (voleur de solei).” Both versions share the same visual, but the bilingual narrative is just another facet to how Letissier expands her own narrative through a follow-up album to Chaleur Humaine from 2014 (titled Christine and the Queens in the United States).
“Chaleur Humaine was about teenage years, most of it,” she said. “Loneliness, really true feelings, and there is a softness in the way I wrote as well, because I was properly introducing myself.”
She sheds her reclusive young girl shell and turns into “a real grownass woman,” as she puts it. “I wanted to make [Chris] even more personal, if it’s possible,” Letissier said. Besides the unabashed struggle of faith she pencils in her lyrics, her tracks delve into complex sexuality and emotional intimacy that translates to audiences who understand what she’s going through.
Watch the “Doesn't Matter” music video below.
Christine and the Queens will go on a fall tour in Europe, Canada and the United States starting October 11. See below for the full list of tour dates, and visit Christine and the Queens’ official website for ticket information.
Oct. 11 – Luxembourg @ Rockhal
Oct. 12 – Bruxelles @ Forest National
Oct. 13 – Amsterdam @ Afas Live
Oct. 15 – Berlin @ Columbiahalle
Oct. 17 – Stockholm @ Nobelberget
Oct. 23 – Seattle @ The Showbox
Oct. 26 – Oakland @ Fox Theater
Oct. 27 – Los Angeles @ The Wiltern
Oct. 31 – New York @ Brooklyn Steel – SOLD OUT
Nov. 1 – New York @ Brooklyn Steel
Nov. 2 – Philadelphia @ Union Transfer
Nov. 4 – Washington @ 9:30 Club
Nov. 5 – Toronto @ The Danforth Music Hall
Nov. 6 – Montreal @ Place Bell
Nov. 17 – Bournemouth @ BIC
Nov. 20 – London @ Eventim Apollo – SOLD OUT
Nov. 21 – London @ Eventim Apollo – SOLD OUT
Nov. 23 – Glasgow @ Royal Concert Hall
Nov. 24 – Edinburgh @ Usher Hall
Nov. 26 – Birmingham @ O2 Academy
Nov. 27 – Manchester @ O2 Apollo – SOLD OUT
Nov. 28 – Manchester @ O2 Apollo
Nov. 30 – Dublin @ RDS
Dec. 4 – Nantes @ Zenith
Dec. 5 – Bordeaux @ Metropole Arena
Dec. 6 – Montpellier @ Zenith Sud
Dec. 11 – Geneve @ Arena
Dec. 12 – Strasbourg @ Zenith
Dec. 14 – Lyon @ Halle Tony Garnier
Dec. 15 – Toulouse @ Zenith
Dec. 18 – Paris – Accorhotels Arena – SOLD OUT
Dec. 19 – Paris – Accorhotels Arena