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 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 it,” she said. “Loneliness, really true feelings, and there is a stness 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 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 tour dates, and visit Christine and the Queens’ ficial 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