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Where “Rest”, the beautiful, recently-released title track of Charlotte Gainsbourg’s new album, was a slow and contemplative song, her newest single “Deadly Valentine” looks outward – its wedding vow lyrics and dramatic strings soar atop a chugging disco rhythm and Moroder-esque electronic bassline. Its video comes directed by Gainsbourg herself and co-stars Blood Orange musician Dev Hynes (the two previously worked together on Emile Haynie’s “A Kiss Goodbye”, also featuring Sampha).
“Each video (for Rest) came from personal, resonating ideas,” Gainsbourg says of the visual, which follows a lifelong romantic partnership (with a somewhat macabre twist). “This song mixes wedding vows with an offbeat tone, so 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 accept to play my partner, and he very graciously did. It was fun finding his 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 is Gainsbourg’s fourth album and her first since 2010. The album features collaborations with Paul McCartney, Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Connan Mockasin, and Owen Pallett. Both “Rest” and “Deadly Valentine” are set to appear on a 12” EP, released via Rough Trade on September 29.