Faith No More’s vocalist Mike Patton recorded an album with French composer Jean-Claude Vannier, best known for his work with Serge Gainsbourg. Above, you can check out the first unveiled song "On Top Of The World" written by musicians.
"Jean-Claude and I met while working together on a Gainsbourg retrospective at the Hollywood Bowl in 2011," explains Patton. "We bonded immediately. I could see he had a dedication and attention to detail that was relentless so the respect I had for him in my mind was magnified in person. We spoke loosely about working together in the future… and it took some time, but after a few years I contacted him and we began to ignite some sparks."
"I would send Mike rough versions of the songs to get his thoughts, then I’d wait impatiently, staring at the clock, until I received his response," offers Vannier about the process the duo used to create Corpse Flower. "He made my music awaken with his unique perspective and interpretations of my songs. A formidable vocalist, with a sense of humor, Mike and I created a strong, beautiful and sincere collection of music, as well as a friendship."
The song "On Top Of The World" will appear on the upcoming album "Corpse Flower", which is scheduled for release on September 13 via Patton's own label Ipecac Recordings. A variety of musicians, both in Los Angeles and Paris, took part in the recording of "Corpse Flower" with the Los Angeles team including Smokey Hormel (Beck, Johnny Cash), Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Air, Nine Inch Nails) and James Gadson (Beck, Jamie Lidell). The Parisian players are Denys Lable, Bernard Paganotti (Magma), Daniel Ciampolini, Didier Malherbe, Léonard Le Cloarec and the Bécon Palace String Ensemble. The lyrics for "Ballad C.3.3." are drawn from Oscar Wilde’s "The Ballad of Reading Gaol" poem.
"Corpse Flower" is available now for pre-orders here, including special embossed versions featuring Kenro Izu’s stunning cover photo. The album will be available on 180 gram coloured vinyl, as well as a CD digipak and digitally.
- Ballad C.3.3
- Chansons D'Amour
- Cold Sun Warm Beer
- Hungry Ghost
- Corpse Flower
- On Top Of The World 03:20
- Yard Bull
- A Schoolgirl's Day
- Pink and Bleue
"Corpse Flower" cover