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Charlotte Gainsbourg


Country of origin:

France

Type of music generally:

Indie pop with electronic touches

Status:

Most recent release, Rest (2017)

See also:

Charlotte Gainsbourg's site

Wikipedia's entry on Charlotte Gainsbourg

Comparisons:

Often has a breathy vocal style not unlike Keren Ann's

Covers/own material:

Mostly songs written for her, occasional co-written

General comments:

Best known as an actress and the daughter of singer Serge Gainsbourg, Charlotte Gainsbourg is also a talented singer in her own right. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Recommended first album:

5:55

Recordings:

  • Charlotte Forever (1986)
  • 5:55 (2006/7)
  • IRM (2010)
  • Stage Whisper (2011)
  • Rest (2017)

5:55

Release info:

2007 (US)—Because Music/Vice Records—94703-2

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Charlotte Gainsbourg—vocals

Guest artists:

Tony Allen—drums
Nicolas Godin—bass guitar, acoustic guitar, 12 string guitar, electric guitar, glockenspiel, synth drums, synth drums (monomachine), synths, percussion, melodica, tambourine
Jean-Benoît Dunckel—piano, synth drums, synths, synths strings, synth bass, glockenspiel, moog, additional chorus, vibraphone, organ
David Richard Campbell—string arrangements and conducting
Jeremy Stacey—drums (5, 8, 10)
Neil Hannon—acoustic guitar (5)
Joby Talbot—string arrangements (5)
The Millennia Ensemble—strings (5)
Nigel Godrich—piano, synths (12)

Produced by:

Nigel Godrich

Comments:

Dark, mysterious, strange and beautiful. That's how I'd describe this album. It's often strange but never cold. It feels strangely intimate—almost too intimate—yet has a great alien quality as well. (jonwesleyhuff@gmail.com)

IRM

Release info:

2010 (US)

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Charlotte Gainsbourg—vocals, flute (10), piano (13)

Guest artists:

Beck Hansen—guitars (1, 3, 5-7, 9-11), drum programming (1, 2), bass (2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 12), vocals (2, 3, 5, 6, 8-10, 13), synthesizer (2, 3), piano (3, 5, 10), percussion (3, 5, 6, 9, 10), acoustic guitar (4, 8, 12), marimba (6), recorder (6), keyboard (12), keyboard bass (13)
David Campbell—string arrangements, conducting (1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 11-13)
Justin Meldal Johnsen—percussion (1)
Matt Mahaffey—banjo (1)
Drew Brown—drum programming (1, 2), bass (1), string arrangements (2), effects (12, 13), keyboard (13), string (13)
James Gadson—drums (2, 3, 13) Joey Waronker—drums (2, 3, 6, 8, 10-12), percussion (2, 3, 6, 10, 12), snare rolls? (6)
Brian LeBarton—drums (2), celeste (4, 10), bass (5, 10), tambourine (5), percussion (5, 6, 12, 13)
Alex Acuna—percussion (2, 12)
Matt Sherrod—drums (2, 5)
Jason Falkner—acoustic guitar (4), guitar (8)
Bram Inscore—bass (4, 7, 8, 11), celeste (4)
David Ralicke—trombone (5, 11), sax (5, 11)
Chris Bautista—trumpet (5, 11)
Matt Demeritt—tenor sax (5, 11)
Monique McGuffin—harp (7)
Ben Attal—drums (9)
Alice Attal—talking (10)
Greg Kurstin (the bird and the bee)
Luis Conte
Heidi Slimane
Yvan Attal
Lulu Gainsbourg
Paul Livingstone
Timothy Young
Christopher B. Lea

Produced by:

Beck Hansen

Comments:

I love this album even as I don't know how to describe it. It's got pop, rock, electronics... It's dark and heavy, but then there's a delicate waltz... It's not as cohesive as 5:55; it travels a lot more in style and mood, but it does it well. The album's diversity may make it hard to get into, but it also makes it engaging. (JoAnn Whetsell)

One of the best albums of the year. (christina_skov@hotmail.com, stjarnell@yahoo.com)


Further info:

Charlotte Gainsbourg covered Bob Dylan's "Just Like a Woman" for the soundtrack to I'm Not There (2007), a film in which she also appeared. She also starred in and sang the title songs to the films Love Etc. (1996) and L'un reste... l'autre part (2005). Other film credits can be found on her page in the International Movie Database.


Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.

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