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  • Audio CD (30 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00005A1MW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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The debut release on Air's Paris-based Record Makers imprint, L'Incroyable Vérité is the first full-length work by Parisian gutter-philosopher Sebastian Tellier, a messy-bearded Lothario with a red carnation in his jacket pocket and a song of relentless misery waltzing through the chambers of his broken heart. This record might have been mixed by Quentin Dupieux--the real name of squelchy techno puppet-master Mr Oizo--but in many ways, L'Incroyable Vérité (literally, "The Incredible Truth") is a very traditional work. Entirely beatless, it consists mainly of sad Moog-led lullabies, with Tellier presiding over each in a mournful vocoder-treated waver. In the spirit of Air, this is an attempt to make modern technology sound defiantly out of time. But L'Incroyable Vérité grimly disposes of Air's light touch: "Kissed by You", a piano ballad, is marred by a sudden blitz of twisted-string electric guitar distortion; meanwhile, "Trilogie Femme" finishes with fearfully curtailed female screams. Tellier's art displays a chillingly brutal streak that echoes Serge Gainsborough's descent into darkness, bitterness and misanthropy. Easy-listening? Not here, but for the brave-hearted, L'Incroyable Vérité is an enigma you'll want to crack. --Louis Pattison

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By A Customer on 4 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
I first heard of Sébastien Tellier (Tell- YAY) when I read he was to open for AIR when they do indeed tour. I searched this guy out and found that his CD is put out by AIR and I felt that was good enough endorsement. Also, the real clincher, he has a song on here called Fantino. Fantino being my last name, and one I never bump into unless at a family function, and seeing how we are Calabrese/Siciliana and not at all French, made it even more intriguing. So I bought it.
Sébastien Tellier has does not quite sound like AIR, though, perhaps if AIR were one guy and had a power failure, they may sound a bit like this. Maybe. Sébastian Tellier sounds less like AIR and more like Syd Barrett. He looks like more like a magician than a musician.
Oh Malheur chez O'Malley - A French O'Malley's Bar? Nick Cave already sent someone into blow the place to smithereens in his much-adored Murder Ballads. I suppose Mr. Tellier has shown us what it felt like for the tables and chairs to witness such a thing.
Kazoo III - Are we to believe there is, somewhere up Mr. Tellier's sleeve, a Kazoo I and a Kazoo II? This song has soft strumming of an acoustic guitar and something that sounds like it is not a kazoo, and murmured lyrics, like a man drowning but singing on his way down.
Universe - Somehow, this sounds like a muffled Beatles song, maybe like a slow Beatles song from, say, Revolver (were there any slow ones on that?) muffled by the vast expanse of space. Imagine it out there, coming from nowhere and you can't quite make it out because your space helmut is on too tight. Then again, a lot of French sounds like that.
L'enfance d'un chien - The kids of a dog? My French is pretty useless and I'm sure I am wrong, but that's what it looks like to me. Pretty song though.
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By A Customer on 25 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
recently signed to air's new record label sebastian tellier shows an incredible amount of promise with his first offering l'incroyable verite. subdued guitar and piano mingle with epic cinematic brilliance to create an atmospheric sound which may take a few listens to get into, but once you have, you'll be hooked. it's sometimes difficult to listen to{piercing screams during trilogie femme} but the awsome tracks black douluer and trilogie chien make up what is overall one of the finest debut albums i've heard in ages.
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Found this in a charity shop for 50p couldn,t resist it. Expecting...well didn't know what to expect really. Turned out to be chilled poetic soulful a little beatsy, a little dancey a little good!! very good. Think dark badly drawn boy with a hangover who lost his wooly hat, buy this at current £ cos they will go I reckon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of 2001's best releases. We want more!!! 11 July 2002
By Don Chesson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Mellow, cinematic, dark, nostalgic, beautiful. As he says on his website: "You should listen to my album alone and by candlelight." Sebastien Tellier has given us something very special and unique. I just wish he'd come out with another album soon! His first song was discovered on Source Records "Source Material" album. That incredible song "Fantino" is also here. Air discovered him from "Source Material" as Nicolas Godin fell in love with "Fantino". I'm not sure what the Philadelphia reviewer saw when they saw him live, but when I saw him it was a surreal experience. He plays with Pamelia Kurstin, who Bob Moog himself has called "The best theremin player in the world." I had the good fortune of being able to interview him in Dallas while on tour and he is not at all the dark and scary man his picture and music would have you believe. He was extremely nice, funny, and my girlfriend at the time thought he was hot. Haha, ok, the last few sentences weren't really necessary. In anycase, this was easily one of the best releases of 2001. As I write this he is about to tour Europe, but I can't help but hope something new comes out soon and he makes it back over to the states. C'mon Sebastien, GIVE US MORE!!!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What is the opposite of lucid? Less lucid? 2 July 2001
By M. Fantino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first heard of Sébastien Tellier (Tell- YAY) when I read he was to open for AIR when they do indeed tour. I searched this guy out and found that his CD is put out by AIR and I felt that was good enough endorsement. Also, the real clincher, he has a song on here called Fantino. Fantino being my last name, and one I never bump into unless at a family function, and seeing how we are Calabrese/Siciliana and not at all French, made it even more intriguing. So I bought it.
Sébastien Tellier does not quite sound like AIR, though, perhaps if AIR were one guy and had a power failure, they may sound a bit like this. Maybe. Sébastian Tellier sounds less like AIR and more like Syd Barrett. He looks more like a magician than a musician.
Oh Malheur chez O'Malley - A French O'Malley's Bar? Nick Cave already sent someone into blow the place to smithereens in his much-adored Murder Ballads. I suppose Mr. Tellier has shown us what it felt like for the tables and chairs to witness such a thing.
Kazoo III - Are we to believe there is, somewhere up Mr. Tellier's sleeve, a Kazoo I and a Kazoo II? This song has soft strumming of an acoustic guitar and something that sounds like it is not a kazoo, and murmured lyrics, like a man drowning but singing on his way down.
Universe - Somehow, this sounds like a muffled Beatles song, maybe like a slow Beatles song from, say, Revolver (were there any slow ones on that?) muffled by the vast expanse of space. Imagine it out there, coming from nowhere and you can't quite make it out because your space helmut is on too tight. Then again, a lot of French sounds like that.
L'enfance d'un chien - The kids of a dog? My French is pretty useless and I'm sure I am wrong, but that's what it looks like to me. Pretty song though.
Une vie de papa - Piano, bass, squeaky toy all march along to a man off in the distance (he sounds like he might be outside the CD) whistles, presumably for his dog.
Fin chien - Fast paced, slapping piano like a ragtime saloon, only spookier. Like a saloon piano in a forgotten ghostown playing for the tumbleweeds as they roll by in heaps of dust and dirt.
Grec- Birds chirping happily to an acoustic guitar.
Kissed by you - His singing is quite in the forefront on this one, though, the way it's delivered makes it feel like a distant childhood memory, though, not your own childhood. Someone else's. Then the guitars get all crazy and there is no telling whom you grew into.
Fantino - I love this song, I love my name, I love the name of this song. It's like a dreamy lullaby. Kooky organ, acoustic guitar, therimin, perhaps even a sitar (??) I dunno. It makes me think of a distant land, where the leaves are green, and the trees are thick, and one hundred thousand miniature Fantini run amok picking berries and cracking nuts.
Trilogie femme - All while this song, split into three parts, is playing there is a slow, creaky rocking chair crunching to and fro, to and fro. Then a group of back up singers show up from some other record, like they drifted in on a raft sent out from Burt Bacharach's good ship lollipop, then, they leave just as quickly as they came, a single chime chinks as a mournful voice mourns something or other. During my first listen I was convinced this would be one of the better CD's out there to fall asleep to, and, I was mostly right, except, on the third part of Trilogie femme, somebody or something screams terribly loud, it brings to mind Blixa Bargeld's vocal-screeching, tonsil bursting, hair-raising "howl" at the end of Negativ Nein. It's kinda like that.
Black douleur - I think he is singing in English, I'm almost sure of it. This last number sounds like it belongs on somebody else's album, it's got horns and linear ideas, and well, I dunno what to make of it. Not a clue.
Overall, it's a very strange, hypnotic, psychedelique record. I think I can recommend it to those who are brave. Sébastien Tellier says "You should listen to my album alone by candlelight." I haven't tried that yet.
L'INCROYABLE VÉRITÉ is worth a try. G'head.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good it could stop time 10 Mar. 2007
By Jeff Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Why must you French musicians torture me with your haunting, dark experimental, genius music? This is a genuine start to finish album. Take it from the top. Sometimes so simple other times a weird, deranged, water damaged, symphonic road trip. If you want to be put in a mood, what one, you decide, there are a lot to chose from here, then get this. I've got to stop listening to music it's too much sometimes
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars For those with open ears 9 July 2001
By Jason Bunch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
this is a treat. It is indeed as frustrating as some of the other reviews have stated, but for the musically adventerous that is half the fun. I have been waiting for a full length from this man since his appearance on the last SourceLab compilation and I am both equally disappointed and thrilled by it. It is truly meloncholic music that bursts into the most uncomfortable sounds at the most inappropriate times, keeping it from being as beautiful as it could be. But, I think, that is the point, and once you get that you can explore this quirky album in all its richness and glory. If you like where Air went with some of their darker and bizarre sounds on Virgin Suicides then get this immediately. Listen to it carefully and you will ultimately not be diappointed. Also, I would give this 3 and a half stars, but I can't.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dramatic Pause 15 Nov. 2001
By J. Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Highly noirish and cinematic, Sebastian Tellier's debut is simply marvellous. At once a vivid understanding of a beating heart and in another moment the very state of regret and remembrance. Touting simplicity that lulls a sigh deep from within your gut.
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