Télépopmusik - Everybody Breaks the Line

French electronic band Télépopmusik released the gorgeous album Genetic World in 2001, to great critical success, selling over 350,000 copies worldwide. Follow up Angel Milk, released in 2005, failed to make as much of an impression as the band’s debut and was – until this year – their last album.

Released at the end of September 2020, Everybody Breaks the Line is an album that’s a welcome – not to mention triumphant – return for the Gallic duo and their various collaborators.

Perhaps the most memorable tracks on the album feature brilliant female vocals – from Jo Wedin, Angela McCluskey and Sylvia Black – with shimmering electro pop vibes, which perhaps isn’t surprising given that Télépopmusik’s most famous song – Breathe, from the aforementioned Genetic World – is a well known piece of early 00s electronica in the same vein (which also featured Angela McCluskey).

There’s more here than the female-led tracks, however. Circles pairs melodic synth with a vocal by Young & Sick – the alias of artist/musician Nick van Hofwegen – who also features on album opener Dreams (a track that really makes me miss nightclubs in our mid-pandemic world, never mind that it’d probably been a decade since I’d properly been on a nightclub all-nighter even pre-COVID) and two other tracks: Connection and Ghost of Love. All four tracks are excellent; I’d love to hear further collaborations between the band and artist in the future.

Rapper Mau – who featured on both of Télépopmusik’s previous albums – appears on dirty disco number Who Gives a Fuck, with Sylvia Black.

There’s a definite retro-futuristic feel to the album; it’s a wonderful collection of compelling, melodic electro pop without a single dud track. It’s been a long time coming, but Télépopmusik are back – and Everybody Breaks the Line is just the album we needed to get us through the rest of 2020.

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