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May 15, 2022

June 3rd is set for the release date of 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 has been produced through a partnership between French label Europop 2000 and American cohort 80 Proof Records. Paris n'existe pas daydreams back Swinging Paris of the late 60s, a classic era in French music, featuring a fascinating and unexpected combination of performers. It will be initially released on digital and limited edition CD with a crowdfunded vinyl version to come later in the year. 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 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 that are unattainable for all but a very few. Does this Paris exist? Peut-être. Peut-être pas. A video for “Paris n’existe pas” debuts on YouTube June 1st featuring a mix of animation and live action. The album launches globally on June 3rd 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



Terry Emm terry@cannonballpr.com (UK)
Jean-Philippe Béraud jp@martingale-music.com (France)

Sergio Taronna sergio@hotpumarecords.com (Belgium)
Todd Bisson todd@80proofmedia.com (North America)

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Son Parapluie recalls late 60’s swinging Paris with Isobel Campbell, Jah Wobble & more –

Available June 3rd.


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