Belgian-Caribbean provocateur Charlotte Adigéry and her musical partner, Bolis Pupul, share “Ceci n’est pas un cliché” – a song that’s an accumulation of all the cliché lyrics Charlotte and Bolis have heard in pop music over the years. “Ceci n’est pas un cliché” is from their forthcoming debut album, Topical Dancer, out March 4 via Soulwax’s iconic label DEEWEE which can be pre-ordered / pre-saved HERE. The duo have also announced international tour dates including North American shows kicking off on May 10th in New York City.
Speaking on the origins of “Ceci n’est pas un cliché” – whose title is also a wink to one of the most copied sentences in art, originally by Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte – the duo explain: “This song is an accumulation of all the cliché lyrics so often used in pop music. It came about when we were touring and heard a song on the radio opening with “I was walking down the street” which made us strongly cringe. But the thing is, cringing is a shared passion of Bolis and I. So we passionately made a song out of it called ‘Ceci n’est pas un cliché’. Even more passionately we performed ourselves into a video about all the clichés we see in the magic world of musical genres. The musician in all its glory, capturing momentum and delivering a top notch performance, gazing into the light that’s called inspiration. And so for once and for all, please leave Magritte alone…!”
Their debut studio record – which cements them as a duo under both their names for the first time and is co-written and co-produced by Soulwax – is both a triumph of kaleidoscopic electro-pop and “a snapshot of how we think about pop culture in the 2020s.” It captures conversations Charlotte and Bolis’s have had over the past two years on tour, as well as their perspectives as Belgians with an immigrant background, Charlotte with Guadeloupean and French-Martinique ancestry and Bolis being of Chinese descent. Last November saw the duo release lead single “Blenda” which was inspired by Reni Eddo-Lodge’s book Why I’m Not Longer Talking To White People About Race. It’s a razor sharp and hard-hitting call to arms that references how Charlotte feels she is “a product of colonialism.” Previous singles “HAHA” and “Thank You” picked up a wealth of press support from the likes of several outlets and many more in anticipation of the release of their exceptional debut record.