Paris n'existe pas is a daydream of swinging Paris when Serge & Jane cut a smoke wreathed swath through the City of Light.
The words and music come from Jérôme Didelot of French band Orwell with guest vocals by the high priestess of hush, Isobel Campbell, plus remixes by Jah Wobble (PiL), Martin Carr (The Boo Radleys), and Yann Arnaud. Also included is an alternate version featuring Japanese singer Sugar Me.
Released to the world through Europop 2000 and 80 Proof Records.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2022
The newest release from 80 Proof Records is here: A unique and wonderful set of songs entitled Paris n’existe pas by Son Parapluie (Translation: Paris does not exist by My Umbrella). The project, produced through a partnership with French label Europop 2000, daydreams back to the Swinging Paris of the late 60s, a classic era in French music, featuring a fascinating and unexpected combination of performers. Paris n'existe pas is released on digital and limited edition CD with a crowdfunded vinyl version to come at a later date. A unique NFT single with exclusive art and music will also be released.
Son Parapluie originates with Jérôme Didelot of the band Orwell, who has released a string of artful pop albums over the past two decades including 2020’s Parcelle brillante. Didelot wrote these new songs to evoke a wild and stylish era in Gallic sound, epitomized by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin. Isobel Campbell (Belle & Sebastian, Mark Lanegan duet albums) leads the sterling cast as featured guest vocalist. Jah Wobble (PiL, Invaders of the Heart), Martin Carr (The Boo Radleys, Brave Captain), and noted French engineer/producer Yann Arnaud also appear providing remixes of songs from the project. Japanese singer Sugar Me rounds out the performer list singing on an alternate version of one of the songs.
Famed French artist Charles Berberian (known for his comic books, multiple movie posters and magazine covers including The New Yorker) created original artwork for the album cover, as well as second unique piece that will be available only via an NFT single.
The lead song and title track, an aching masterpiece of gentle French pop, explores Paris as metaphor; A place steeped in dreams and fantasies. Does this Paris actual exist? Peut-être. Peut-être pas. A video for “Paris n’existe pas” debuts on YouTube in early June featuring a mix of animation and live action. The album is available now via all major digital platforms and compact disc on Amazon, Bandcamp, and select record stores in Europe through Europop 2000 and Belgian label Hot Puma, and in North America via 80 Proof Records.
Bande originale: Excursions & versions:
Paris n’existe pas (Feat. Isobel Campbell) 4:32 Paris n’existe pas (Martin Carr remix) 5:36
À l’assaut du ciel (Feat. Isobel Campbell) 3:54 Paris n’existe pas (Yanarno remix) 3:42
Je ne finis rien (Feat. Isobel Campbell) 3:41 Un thème (Feat. Sugar Me) 3:36
Un thème (Feat. Isobel Campbell) 3:27 Un thème (Jah Wobble remix) 5:07
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