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‘Thirst’ album artwork by Jean-Baptiste Mondino
Pioneering French artist SebastiAn today releases a brand new track ‘Better Now’ – the fourth to be taken from his sophomore album, ‘Thirst’, released 8th November via Ed Banger Records / Because Music. The album is available to pre-order now.
The dreamy electronic track with 1960s-style harmonies features vocals from Grammy-nominated American artist Mayer Hawthorne and is taken from SebastiAn’s first album in eight years, following 2011 debut, ‘Total’. Previous tracks released from the new album include ‘Thirst’, ‘Run for Me’ featuring acclaimed US R&B singer Gallant, and ‘Beograd’.
SebastiAn says of the new track: “I couldn’t have a better guest for this song. ‘Better Now’ is all about love – and when he is singing, Mayer knows what he’s talking about.”
Bringing different styles together as one on the new record – from European techno and electro to classic pop and R&B, hip-hop and American gospel – SebastiAn has also called upon an impressive list of artists to feature on the 14-track album. They include acclaimed singer and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg (SebastiAn primarily produced her 2017 album ‘Rest’), cult pop duo Sparks, rising London star Bakar, American singer/songwriter Syd from The Internet and experimental Iranian/Dutch artist Sevdaliza.
SebastiAn says the approach of making the new album was formed by his previous production work with the contrasting personalities of Frank Ocean and Charlotte Gainsbourg and switching his process accordingly. He explains: “I found this really interesting. My record came about from all the encounters I made going between these two projects.”
The full album tracklisting is:
- Doorman ft. Syd
- Better Now ft. Mayer Hawthorne
- Pleasant ft. Charlotte Gainsbourg
- Yebo ft. Allan Kingdom
- Sev ft. Sevdaliza
- Sweet ft. Loota
- Sober ft. Bakar
- Time to Talk ft. Sunni Colòn
- Handcuffed to a Parking Meter ft. Sparks
- Run for Me ft. Gallant
Revered French photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino has once again shot the cover art for the album. While for ‘Total’ he captured SebastiAn as a modern-day Narcissus kissing himself, for ‘Thirst’ he contrasts this as he photographs him in a desert punching himself.
SebastiAn has been releasing pioneering and acclaimed music via label Ed Banger Records for years. Since his debut album, SebastiAn has also produced for other artists including Frank Ocean, Kavinsky, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Philippe Katerine, Woodkid, and has created remixes for Daft Punk, Kelis, The Kills, Rage Against the Machine and more.
SebastiAn’s revolutionary debut featured his signature eclectic combination of sounds – techno, electro, house, funk, soul, pop and classical elements – to create something new and unique. He has also co-produced several film soundtracks including Quentin Dupieux’s ‘Steak’ (2007) – in which he also had a leading role – and Romain Gavras’ ‘Our Day Will Come’ (2010) and ‘The World is Yours’ (2018), which he produced with Jamie xx.
Outside of traditional music releases, SebastiAn is also heavily involved in (and respected by) the worlds of art and fashion. He recently began a long-lasting collaboration with world-renowned fashion house Saint Laurent and the luxury label’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello. He created the sound for most of their catwalk shows and the label produced the visceral visual for ‘Thirst’, which was directed by Gaspar Noé.
After live dates including Sonar Festival, Barcelona and Osheaga Festival in Montreal so far this year, SebastiAn will be performing at Pitchfork Festival in his native Paris on 2nd November with more tour dates to be announced.
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