Today’s Song: Christine and the Queens Takes “To be honest” to the Dance Floor with SG Lewis Remix

Christine and the Queens and SG Lewis © 2023
Christine and the Queens and SG Lewis © 2023
To be honest, we can’t stop listening to this dance remix. Christine and the Queens returned with a re-imagined version of his ‘PARANOÏA, ANGELS, TRUE LOVE’ single, “To be honest,” featuring SG Lewis!
 follow our Today’s Song(s) playlist

Atwood Magazine Today's Songs logo

“To be honest (SG Lewis remix)” – Christine and the Queens

Christine and the Queens has returned with another intoxicating collaboration. “To be honest” was the first single released from Christine and the Queens’ PARANOÏA, ANGELS, TRUE LOVE, an album inspired by Tony Kushner’s Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes.

Paranoïa, Angels, True Love' - Christine and the Queens © Paolo Roversi
Paranoïa, Angels, True Love – Christine and the Queens

Those motifs of “love, betrayal, abandonment, religion, forgiveness, friendship, and the supernatural” appear throughout Christine and the Queens’ project, including “To be honest,” a song where the narrator seeks love despite their fears and faults.

“Broken and yet tender,
Always in and always out,
Heading to the water,
Drowning in what it can hide, hide,
Kind of always cautious,
Don’t you, don’t you break my heart,
Feeling kind of loveless,
Yet always ready to try.”
– “To be honest,” Christine and the Queens

It feels like yearning for something unattainable, both lyrically and musically. The March 2023 single sounds analogous to a ballad, sharing tropes of other introspective, intentional, beloved originals in his discography.

To be honest (SG Lewis Remix) - Christine and the Queens
To be honest (SG Lewis Remix) – Christine and the Queens

Months after the track debuted, Christine and the Queens partnered with SG Lewis to release a dance/electronic remix. The DJ previewed this collaboration in mid-August to a live audience, also posting a snippet on Instagram. “To be honest (SG Lewis Remix)” became available on major streaming platforms on August 31.

“The original of this song is a song that I connected with so much, that I was almost nervous to touch it – however it had such a depth of feeling that made it such a natural fit for the dancefloor, and I’m so happy with how it turned out,” SG Lewis said in a statement.

This re-imagined adaptation featured the same lyrics, performed by the French vocalist. It maintains the integrity and grit of the original “To be honest,” but adds buzzy, dance-driven elements.

Chris and SG Lewis © 2023
Christine and the Queens (left) and SG Lewis (right) © 2023


:: OUR TAKE ::

Christine and the Queens is no stranger to the dance-pop space, notably working with Charli XCX on “New Shapes” and “Gone.” However, his solo music (e.g. PARANOÏA, ANGELS, TRUE LOVE) leans into the avant-garde space in indie pop. That’s what makes this SG Lewis remix exciting.

It’s made for sweaty concerts, or jamming out in the shower — especially the last 45 seconds. It’s for those still obsessing over the George Daniel and Charli XCX version of Caroline Polachek’s “Welcome to My Island.” For listeners looking to impress their friends at the pre-game.

To be honest, “To be honest (SG Lewis Remix)” by Christine and the Queens is for anyone who likes to dance.

Christine and the Queens will be on tour in North America this October – dates and more info below.

— —

Tour Dates

Sun 10/15 – Montreal, QC @ MTELUS
Tue 10/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philadelphia
Wed 10/18 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues Boston
Sat 10/21 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
Sun 10/22 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
Mon 10/23 – Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
Wed 10/25 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
Thu 10/26 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
:: stream/purchase To be honest (SG Lewis Remix) here ::
:: connect with Christine and the Queens here ::
“To be honest (SG Lewis remix)” – Christine and the Queens

— — — —

To be honest (SG Lewis Remix) - Christine and the Queens

Connect to Christine and the Queens on
Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Instagram
Connect to SG Lewis on
Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
Discover new music on Atwood Magazine
? © 2023

:: Today’s Song(s) ::

Atwood Magazine Today's Songs logo

 follow our daily playlist on Spotify

:: Stream Christine and the Queens ::

More from Julia Dzurillay