When Charlotte Gainsbourg began planning her forthcoming album, she thought Beck might be a perfect producer for the musically adventurous and diverse approach she had in mind. From their first casual hours together in the studio, she recognized a shared sensibility and the potential for a collaboration that would be both free and seamless. Because Music will release the resulting work, entitled IRM, in January 2010...Charlotte will play live at the Bell House in Brooklyn on January 19th AND 20th (right after Beth Orton plays the same venue). Tickets go on sale Wednesday at noon.
...Over the course of a year and a half of their writing and recording together, Beck¹s role grew to encompass all aspects of the creative process: He wrote all of the music and co-wrote the lyrics and is producing and mixing the recording. (This is the first time he has ever been so involved in another artist¹s work.)
Beck brought in many of his regular collaborators, including Joey Waronker and James Gadson on drums, Brian LeBarton on keyboards, David Ralicke on trumpet and Beck¹s father, David Campbell, for string arrangements. Though Gainsbourg¹s unique voice is instantly recognizable throughout, her vocal performances here are as varied as the material.
Check out the video for the album's first single, "Heaven Can Wait" (featuring Beck), below...