We'll often talk about the heroes we need. In an era of comic book movies and overly haughty bombast, we might even follow it up with a comment about the heroes we deserve. But really, does everyone great have to be categorised in one, neatly labelled box? Can't they be more than one thing? Because that's exactly what we have in Christine And The Queens.
Now, we've got the first taster of new music since breakthrough debut record 'Chaleur Humaine', which - in 'Tilted' - gave us that rarest of treats; a genuinely organic superhit. Like everything Héloïse Letissier creates, we were introduced to an artist that was much more than just another singer. Identity, art, movement and dance all combined to make a performance piece that stopped us in our tracks. It's a thread that runs through to 'Girlfriend', a perfectly crafted idea which exists on its own terms.
Described as paying 'tribute to her long-time love of the G-funk sound', we're quickly ushered into a new era in the Christine and the Queens story. More confident in her own identity, there's a muscular swagger at play. Disrupting traditional labels of masculinity and femininity, the ideas permeate the music through every pore.
“I initially set out to smash against macho culture and macho men,” explains Letissier. “I became obsessed with this idea of the macho man, and still being a woman. What does it mean if I’m this figure, and I’m a woman? Does it make me an aberration? Is it joyful?"
“I felt I had to address female desire and it’s 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.”
That's what stands Christine And The Queens out from her peers. Drawing her own influence and making her own rules, she can be both the one we need, and the one we deserve. In being exactly who she wants, she's the best in all of us.