Charlotte Gainsbourg Shares Video for New Song “Deadly Valentine,” Co-Stars Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes

Rest Due Out November 17 via Because Music, Video Also Features Gainsbourg's Daughters

Sep 21, 2017
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French singer/actress Charlotte Gainsbourg is releasing a new album, Rest, on November 17 via Because Music. Previously she shared a self-directed video for its title track, which was co-written and produced by Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. Now she has shared another song from the album, "Deadly Valentine," via a video she also self-directed. The video co-stars Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange). The video charts a romantic relationship from childhood to old age, with Gainsbourg and Hynes playing the adult versions of the characters, with other actors portraying childhood, teenage, and elderly versions. In each incarnation she is clad in some variation of a wedding dress and he is also dressed in white. Gainsbourg's own daughters play younger versions of her, with Alice Attal as the teenage version and Jo Attal as the child version. Watch it below.

Gainsbourg had this to say about the video in a press release: "Each video came from personal, resonating ideas. This song mixes wedding vows with an offbeat tone. I wanted to express the idea of a lifetime engagement; a couple running to church, from childhood to old age, a lifetime path. I asked my friend Dev Hynes if he would play my partner, and he very graciously agreed. It was fun finding our younger and older selves! For my part, I had all I needed at home (with their consent of course!). I nearly asked my mother, but in the end, didn't dare..."

Rest also features collaborations with Paul McCartney (who composed and wrote the album's "Songbird in a Cage"), Owen Pallett, and Connan Mockasin. While "Rest" was produced by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, the rest of Rest was produced by SebastiAn (Frank Ocean, Kavinsky). A press release says Gainsbourg and SebastiAn were inspired by the music of Giorgio Moroder, as well as various movie soundtracks, "particularly Pino Donaggio's score for Brian De Palma's '70s horror classic Carrie, Georges Delerue's music for Jean-Luc Godard's nouvelle vague masterpiece Le Mépris, as well as the unsettling ambience of films like Stanley Kubrick's The Shining and Hitchcock's Rebecca."

The album is the follow-up to 2006's 5:55 (a collaboration with Air, Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, and The Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon) and 2009's IRM (a collaboration with Beck). Unlike those albums, for Rest Gainsbourg wrote the lyrics herself.

Read our 2010 interview with Charlotte Gainsbourg.

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