Crooner’s delight

Jarvis Cocker and Wes Anderson have collaborated on a new album for The French Dispatch
By Finn Blythe | Music | 14 September 2021
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Still, ‘The French Dispatch’ 2021 directed by Wes Anderson

With the long-anticipated release of Wes Anderson‘s The French Dispatch, our patience is set to be rewarded with the simultaneous release of two separate albums: one featuring the original score by Academy Award-winning composer Alexandre Desplat and the other, a tribute album by Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker directly inspired by the film itself.

Arriving on 22nd October, well over twelve months after its original release date, The French Dispatch is one of several major titles to have been subsumed by the pandemic. That lengthy delay comes with a silver lining however, most notably in the shape of Cocker’s new album, which he developed together with Anderson over the course of the last year.

Expanding on the film’s universe, the companion album, entitled Chansons d’Ennui Tip-Top, riffs on classic hits from the likes of Françoise Hardy, Serge Gainsbourg, Brigitte Bardot and Jacques Dutronc for a unique sound that dovetails with the spirit of Anderson’s vision. Produced by ABKO Records, the album is available to pre-order on vinyl and is accompanied by a double-sided poster and a limited edition 45 of Aline by Christophe and Paroles, Paroles by Dalida & Alain Delon.

The film’s original score meanwhile, conceived by Anderson’s go-to composer who also created scores for Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Isle of Dogs and Moonrise Kingdom, will be released on CD and all digital platforms in conjunction with the film’s theatrical release on 22 October, with a twin LP vinyl edition arriving in early 2022.

Pre-order Chansons d’Ennui Tip-Top by Jarvis Cocker here and The French Dispatch Original Soundtrack here.

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