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Charlotte Gainsbourg releases her new album Rest

Charlotte Gainsbourg releases her new album Rest

The album’s first single is the title track, Rest, produced and co-written with Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. Rest is a poignant, modern lullaby-like song, steering Gainsbourg toward a forensically focused approach to lyric writing.

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.

Rest is the first album by Gainsbourg whose lyrics she wrote, having previously felt daunted by the desire to poetize her ideas. Even more intimidating was the idea of putting her thoughts to verse in French. “In the shadow of my father [pioneering French musical superstar Serge Gainsbourg], writing in French was something I never dared to do,” she says. Grappling with the recent death of her sister, fashion photographer Kate Barry, however, created an immediacy—and from within the “intense grief” it was “easier to express certain things” in French. On the album, Gainsbourg addresses personal topics ranging from familial loss, to the tensions between her shyness and her life as a performer and public figure, to charmingly illogical childhood fears—with lyrics pried from her own diaries, rendered here in French and English.

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Now, the upcoming Rest marks Gainsbourg’s achievement of the lyrical confidence to get unprecedentedly candid, and to trust her own words’ ability to communicate universal pains of loss through personal ones. Says Gainsbourg, “It’s the first time that I’ve surrendered myself, and the end result belongs to me.”

 

 

 

     

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