Double LP Plus Bonus CD!
Features Printed Album Lyrics!
As a recording artist and live performer, Charlotte Gainsbourg, the daughter
of French singer and songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, achieved a considerable
breakthrough in the U.S. with her 2010 Beck-produced album IRM and the tour that
followed, her first-ever. In 2011 Gainsbourg released the double album Stage
Whisper, a collection of unreleased songs from IRM and live tracks. Rest, the
long-awaited follow-up to these two albums, features collaborations with Paul
McCartney, SebastiAn, Owen Pallett, and Connan Mockasin, and is the first album
where she wrote the lyrics solo.
"In the shadow of my father, writing in French was something I never dared to
do," she said in a statement. Following the death of her sister, photographer
Kate Barry, she said she decided to write an album about loss, public life,
childhood fears, and more.
The first single from the album is the title track, which Gainsbourg co-wrote
and co-produced with Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo.
"As with Beck, Gainsbourg and Homem-Christo turn out to be stunningly
complementary matches. 'Rest,' which the two co-wrote and co-produced, doesn't
bring the club thump of French house to Gainsbourg's arty eclecticism, so much
as turn a robot-disco banger inside out to suit Gainsbourg's ghostly
preoccupations. The title phrase, it has been noted, doesn't only have to refer
to a quick breather or nap—it's also the first word in 'Rest in Peace,' and in
French it means 'stay.' Gainsbourg's fluttery whisper vacillates between French
and English here, entreating unspecified souls to stay while drawing allusions
to a song from the 1982 animated film The Snowman, according to a press release
('We're walking in the air,' she whispers, quoting a song from the soundtrack).
That's set to a muted, laid-back electronic accompaniment that gorgeously befits
a more typical idea of 'rest,' with a muffled low-end pulse and lithe bass line
set amid sparse, elegiac synth-plinks... Her 'dead sexy' vision, as a colleague
once put it, remains intoxicatingly her own." - Marc Hogan, Pitchfork
• Double LP
• Includes Bonus CD
• Printed album lyrics
• Gatefold jacket
1. Ring-a-Ring O' Roses
2. Lying With You
4. Deadly Valentine
5. I'm A Lie
7. Sylvia Says
8. Songbird In A Cage
9. Dans Vos Airs
10. Les Crocodiles
11. Les Oxalis