Christine and the Queens
Christine and the Queens, the pop project from French musician Héloïse Adelaïde Letissier, is back with a surprise EP, Joseph, with two tracks: a cover of George Michael’s 1990 hit “Freedom” and a version of a song popular in France in the 1970s, “Comme l’oiseau.” The two-song EP follows Christine and the Queen’s 2020 surprise EP, La vita nuova, which was accompanied by a short film — both also featuring Caroline Polachek.
“Freedom” reimagines Michael’s track with more powerful vocals and ups the moody ambiance. It’s more anthemic — like the original, the harmonies at the chorus gesture toward Aretha Franklin belting “Freedom” repeatedly in “Think” — and takes full advantage of sparse piano and pulsing synths.
The release of Joseph follows speculation about an upcoming collaboration between Christine and the Queens, Charlie XCX and Polachek, after Charlie XCX posted a photo on Instagram that appears to be the three of them filming a music video.