New Music Tuesday: Charlotte Gainsbourg

Charlotte Gainsbourg is the daughter of two musician-slash-actors—a British mumsy and a French popsicle—so it probably was no surprise to see the offspring of such a talented duo go into the same pair of businesses. Yes, while some spend their entire lives unsuccessfully pursuing one or the other, Gainsbourg has been able to dip her fingers into both the music and movie industries. Her most recent musical project, “IRM,” was written and produced almost exclusively by the great Beck, which means it is, by definition, worth at least a casual listen.

gainsbourg2But this is a complex record, and it’s going to take more than one cursory flip through the tracks to get the most out of what it has to offer. The first single is, naturally, a duet with Beck entitled “Heaven Can Wait,” and it’s absolutely Beck-ish but with a feminine touch. It’s got sort of a happy, driving beat with tambourines and major piano chords that are just rhythmic and interesting enough to get a sense of why it’s the record’s first radio release.

The opening track, “Master’s Hands,” as well as “Trick Pony” and “Le Chat du Café de Artistes” (which, as you can guess from the title, is sung entirely in French) also are pretty memorable, but the whole album is sort of a non-stop happy-go-lucky lullaby with just enough experimentation to keep it from being too poppy. It’s an interesting record, to say the least, but would you expect anything less from Beck?

The album has already been out in Canada and parts of Europe since early December, but now it’s America’s turn to get a jump on this sort of mellower, trickier style of Imogen Heap pop to see if we’re ready for it. We at Fresh Scouts think we are.

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