The French singer brings her tour through the United States in April.
Charlotte Gainsbourg is on the road again. The Franco-British singer and actress will be on tour in the United States in April of this year. She will stop in Boston (April 7), Washington (April 8), Brooklyn (April 9), and San Francisco (April 15) and before heading to Coachella in Indio, California.
The star, who made her musical debut at the age of 12, will promote her latest album “Rest,” in which she recalls the death of her father, the famous Serge Gainsbourg, and her half-sister, Kate Barry. It was released in November 2017. The album is produced by the French DJ Sebastian Akchoté, alias “SebastiAn”, who has collaborated with Frank Ocean and Fall Out Boy. He also worked on Gainsbourg’s EP, “Take 2”, released in December.
CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG is full of nervous energy, switching from sitting on the sofa to the floor, pouring streams of green tea. It has been nearly eight years since the release of her last studio album, the critically acclaimed “IRM”, and her long hair has since been lopped off into a bob. She will release “Rest”, her new album, on November 17th, and is starring in two upcoming films—“The Snowman”, an English-language crime drama, and “Promise at Dawn”, a French adaptation of a novel by Romain Gary.Notoriously shy, she is still no stranger to exposure. Her parents—Serge Gainsbourg, France’s most revered musician, and Jane Birkin, an English actress and singer—courted the tabloid obsession with their scandalously chic family. Ms Gainsbourg began her music career aged 12 with “Lemon Incest”, a duet with her father (the sort of thing which would make less avant-garde tweenagers combust with embarrassment). Even now, at 46, she appreciates her father’s attentions as an artistic collaborator. “I like touchy subjects and things that make you uncomfortable,” she says. She remembers being in the spotlight with him fondly. “The way for my father to tell me that he loved me was through the media. He wasn’t very outgoing in private; he disguised his feelings much more.”
Charlotte Gainsbourg’s first proper album since 2010, the upcoming Rest, doesn’t actually represent her first new music in that time—her 2011 set Stage Whisper included unreleased studio material from her sessions with Beck—but its first single builds enigmatically and beguilingly on the way her previous album, IRM, found romance in the void. “Rest” is also, fittingly, the first new Gainsbourg music since she starred in Lars Von Trier’s sensation-causing, sex-depicting 2013 film Nymphomaniac, for which she, with Beck again, breathily covered “Hey Joe.” There were hints of dance-tinged electro-pop on Stage Whisper numbers like “Terrible Angels” and “Paradisco,” so it makes sense that for this song she worked 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. Gainsbourg’s other Rest collaborators range from Paul McCartney to Owen Pallett, and she’ll be in theaters next month in a mystery horror film called, what else, The Snowman. Her “dead sexy” vision, as a colleague once put it, remains intoxicatingly her own. – Pitchfork