Video Of The Week #230: Son Parapluie - ‘Paris n’existe pas' (Feat. Isobel Campbell) 3

Video Of The Week #230: Son Parapluie – ‘Paris n’existe pas’ (Feat. Isobel Campbell)

Isobel Campbell’s (Belle & Sebastian, Mark Lanegan) gorgeously delicate vocals feature on French artist Son Parapluie’s haunting new track ‘Paris n’existe pas’, whose subtle acoustic arrangements inhabit the Paris streets. Today we are delighted to be debuting the charming animated video that accompanies the song:

The track explores Paris as a metaphor. A place steeped in dreams and fantasies that are unattainable for all but a very few. Does this Paris exist?

It’s lifted from set of songs entitled Paris n’existe pas by Son Parapluie (Translation: Paris Does not Exist by My Umbrella) through a partnership between the French label Europop 2000 and American cohort 80 Proof Records. This project, a reverie of a classic era in French music featuring a fascinating, unexpected combination of performers, will be initially released on digital and limited-edition CD with a crowdfunded vinyl version. A unique NFT single with exclusive art and music will also be released.

Jerome and Isobel in Berners Street Studio 3 photo credit Jerome Didelot 1 scaled

Son Parapluie originates with Jérôme Didelot of the band Orwell, who have released a string of artful pop albums over the past two decades including 2020’s Parcelle Brillante. Didelot wrote these new songs to evoke the late the 60’s Paris of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin. Isobel Campbell 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 a second unique piece that will be available only via an NFT single.

Photo Credit: Jérôme Didelot

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