Charlotte Gainsbourg, who recently released her new album ‘Rest’ to widespread critical acclaim, has announced a string of European and Japanese shows in early 2018. Her Coachella appearance in 2010 was lauded by LA Times’s Todd Martens as “the most captivating 45 minutes I’ve experienced at Coachella”. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, January 12.
“Thanks to a first step into directing, I was able to take possession of my own imagery,” says Gainsbourg of the videos she’s made—for an album on which she likewise takes possession of her own feelings of grief and loss, bliss and memory in lyrics that, for the first time, are fully hers.
Rest received a flood of praise on its release, with Pitchfork noting that “every word craves attention” and NPR calling it, “gorgeous and assured.” As 2017 came to a close, Rest emerged on numerous year-end best albums lists, including The Guardian, The Independent, Noisey, Flood Magazine, and Pitchfork, who further wrote, “As Gainsbourg longs to commune with her lost spirits, Rest suggests that grief’s best possible outcome can be a kind of beautiful purgatory.”
Produced by SebastiAn (Frank Ocean, Kavinsky) and mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Adele, Lorde, David Bowie), Rest is Gainsbourg’s first studio album in seven years. It features collaborations with Paul McCartney, Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Connan Mockasin and Owen Pallett (Arcade Fire, Caribou). The eleven songs on Rest are nothing if not sure-footed, proffering a compelling fusion of gleaming, string-emblazoned modern electro-pop and cinematically textured avant-chanson—their magical music box melodies kissed by bruised, introspective, occasionally disquieting lyrics.
“I’m a Lie,” and the singles preceding it, are excerpts from the film “Charlotte By Charlotte.”
Sat. 17th Geneva Festival Antigel
Weds. 21st Hamburg Mojo Club
Thurs. 22nd Berlin Columbia Theatre
Sat. 24th Amsterdam Paradiso
Sun. 25th Luxembourg Le Rockhal
Mon. 26th Zurich Kaufleuten
Weds. 28th Paris La Cigale
Thurs. 29th London Village Underground
Mon 9th Tokyo EX Theatre
Tues 10th Osaka IMP Hall
Weds 25th Brussels Les Nuits Botaniques