Charlotte Gainsbourg shares Deadly Valentine Video from “Rest”LP,(Produced by SebastiAn, Featuring Collaborations with Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Paul McCartney and Others)

Charlotte Gainsbourg announces the release of her fourth studio album, Rest, out November 17 on Because Music / Warner. All tracks on the album are produced by SebastiAn (Frank Ocean, Kavinsky), except “Rest,” composed and co-written by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, and “Songbird in a Cage,” composed and written by Paul McCartney. Rest also features collaborations with Owen Pallett, Connan Mockasin, and others.

SebastiAn’s background in electronic music accorded with Gainsbourg’s desire for a sound with a disquieting, mechanistic edge, inspired by Giorgio Moroder and, perhaps unsurprisingly for a revered, award-winning film actress, movie soundtracks—particularly Pino Donaggio’s score for Brian De Palma’s ’70s horror classic Carrie, Georges Delerue’s music for Jean-Luc Godard’s nouvelle vague masterpiece Le Mépris, as well as the unsettling ambience of films like Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and Hitchcock’s Rebecca.

Charlotte Gainsbourg — Rest

1. Ring-A-Ring O’ Roses
2. Lying With You
3. Kate
4. Deadly Valentine
5. I’m A Lie
6. Rest
7. Sylvia Says
8. Songbird In A Cage
9. Dans Vos Airs
10. Les Crocodiles
11. Les Oxalis

The album’s first single is the title track, “Rest,” produced and co-written with Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, out now. “Rest” is a poignant, modern lullaby-like song, steering Gainsbourg toward a forensically focused approach to lyric writing. “Those were the first words that I actually sang on the album,” she explains. “I came in with all my bunches of lyrics… It was too much, really, and Guy-Man was saying, ‘you can’t say all that, you have to simplify it,’ and he reduced it to three words! It felt so innocent in a way, but it was exactly what I needed at that time.” It turns out there are actually a few more than three words present in the song, including an homage to “Walking in the Air,” from the 1982 animated special The Snowman (a Christmas childhood favourite of the artist’s). That said, nude simplicity of language on the track highlights the complexity of a single word: “Rest,” the first word inscribed on a headstone (Rest in Peace) and a word which, in French, means “stay,” used to plead with a lover not to leave, or with a memory not to fade.

She also directed the music video for “Rest” “I needed a push. Lars (Von Trier) helped. At first I asked him if he would direct this video for me. He answered, “no… you should do it”. He then said, knowing very well what I needed, “I will tell you exactly what you must do…”. He dictated quite precisely, “the rules”. For me to follow. I was nodding through the telephone while writing down the master’s principles. And that was it. the 1st push I longed for. To go out, and carry a camera for myself. Up to me to deliver my personality in either the archive footage I was choosing or the new images I filmed. Trying to create a repetitive language through this musical loop. Thanks to this first step into directing, I was able to take possession of my own imagery. Ensuing different music videos for quite a few of my album’s songs.

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2 responses to “Charlotte Gainsbourg shares Deadly Valentine Video from “Rest”LP,(Produced by SebastiAn, Featuring Collaborations with Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Paul McCartney and Others)

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