Charlotte Gainsbourg - Rest
Produced by Ed Bangers‰۪ SebastiAn the album features collaborations with Sir Paul McCartney, Daft Punk‰۪s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Connan Mockasin and Owen Pallett (Arcade Fire, Caribou). Having previously written lyrics with Jarvis Cocker and Air onåÊ5.55åÊ(2006) and Beck onåÊIRMåÊ(2010),åÊRestis the first album where Gainsbourg penned all the words. Feeling daunted by the desire to poetise her ideas, deliverance would arrive initially courtesy of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, who provided the music for the title track, steering Charlotte toward a forensically focused approach to lyric writing. On the album, Gainsbourg addresses personal topics ranging from the death of her father Serge and more recently sister Kate Barry, to the tensions between her shyness and her life as a performer and public figure, to charmingly illogical childhood fears.
The album‰۪s major production lynchpin would be French DJ, remixer and producer Sebastian Akchot̩-Bozovic, aka SebastiAn, best known for his releases on French house label Ed Banger and for his production work for Frank Ocean. His background in electronic music accorded with Charlotte‰۪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 classicåÊCarrieåÊand Georges Delerue‰۪s music for Jean-Luc Godard‰۪s nouvelle vague masterpieceåÊLe Mepris, as well as the chilly, unsettling ambience of films like Stanley Kubrick‰۪såÊThe ShiningåÊand Hitchcock‰۪såÊRebecca.
2LP - Double Vinyl housed in Gatefold sleeve with CD Version.