Charlotte Gainsbourg made her musical debut in 1986, with the album Charlotte Forever, produced by her father Serge Gainsbourg. However, it took her twenty years to release her second album, 5:55 (Because Music, 2006). Charlotte collaborated on the album with French duo Air, English musician Jarvis Cocker, and Irish singer-songwriter Neil Hannon, as well as Radiohead‘s main producer Nigel Godrich This album awarded her critical acclaim and commercial success, reaching the top spot on the French charts and achieving platinum status in the country.
In late 2009, Gainsbourg released her third studio album, IRM, which was co-written and produced by Beck. The album is a patchwork of different musical genres but what stays consistent through the whole record is Gainsbourg’s soft, intimate voice and Beck’s overwhelming indie rock influence.
The album, which is conceived as a journey into human psyche, is sometimes bright and alluring, sometimes dark and disorienting, but always interesting. It reflects Charlotte’s growth as an artist and is also a compelling demonstration of musical cooperation between two artists.
For your listening pleasure, check out two fantastic remixes of the song “The Operation”, taken off Charlotte’s 2006 release, 5:55. The first remix is by French producer 25 Hours a Day and the second by Cousin Cole.