“Obviously” by Orelsan and Angèle, the story of a hit that almost didn’t come out

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 01: Singer Orelsan aka Aurelien Cotentin and Angele attend the Chanel Womenswear Spring/Summer 2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 01, 2019 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Rindoff/Charriau/Getty Images)
Rindoff/Charriau/Getty Images PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 01: Singer Orelsan aka Aurelien Cotentin and Angele attend the Chanel Womenswear Spring/Summer 2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 01, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff/Charriau/Getty Images)

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Orelsan and Angèle, pictured here during the Chanel show at Paris Fashion Week on October 1, 2019 in Paris

MUSIC – It was obvious that this tube had to come out eventually. It is now done. Orelsan unveils this Friday, October 28 a reissue of his album Civilizationtitled lost civilization featuring ten new songs. And among them, the duo Obviously with Angèle largely teased in the four episodes of part 2 of the documentary never show that to anyone filmed by Clément Cotentin, the rapper’s brother.

I would like us to make an intergenerational hit that makes everyone agree “: this is how Orelsan sums up his idea to Angèle, in the middle of July 2021 when the two artists find themselves in the studio in Brussels. And if the sentence makes them smile, all are convinced that it will be able to be done quickly. ” I tell myself that it’s a thing done in a week “says the producer Skread confidently in front of the camera.

Yes, but here it is, Orelsan is going to take much longer to write his verses than it takes for the chorus hummed by Angèle to keep us in mind. The prod house concocted by Skread and Phaz and its very fast tempo which obliges the Caennais to sing rather than rap complicates the task for him. Three weeks later in Mexico or three months later in his studio in Paris, he is still blocked and cannot put down his text.

I spent days thinking to myself: ‘obviously what?‘I’m going around in circles, I can’t do it “, describes Orelsan in the third episode of the documentary. ” VSIt’s like playing a video game and being stuck in the same world for a week and failing to pass a level. “.

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Two days from handing in the mock-up of the album, it’s the ” victoire for Orelsan and his team. The verses are written, the parts of the rapper recorded. “ It’s a straight tube », already promises Skread. ” It’s actually Orel’s biggest hit.”, adds Stéphane Espinosa, artistic director of the Wagram record company. Except that this time, it’s Angèle who doesn’t agree.

The singer is not satisfied with her first versions recorded in the heart of summer – ” my text stinks of ass, it’s yogurt – and she won’t have time to rework them in the allotted time. So the title simply and simply goes in the trash. Well almost.

When my brother had shown me the episodes of the doc, I reviewed all the models, all the bases that I had made at the time. And I thought there were some who weren’t so lame. So for the last six-seven months, I’ve been reworking them and I’m going to release them “, revealed Orelsan in mid-October in a video posted on social networks announcing the reissue of his opus. The duo Obviously with Angèle is obviously one of them, and it is also on the tracklist of the reissue of the Belgian’s album scheduled for November.

All that remains now is to see if the promise of the ” intergenerational hit that makes everyone agree will be held. Sold over 600,000 copies since its release, Civilization is the best-selling album of Orelsan’s career…until the release of lost civilization ?

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