ABKCO is set to release the original soundtrack to The French Dispatch, the new Wes Anderson film with an ensemble cast that includes Benicio Del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Frances McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna Khoudri, Jeffrey Wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Christoph Waltz, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, and Anjelica Huston.
With an original score by Academy Award-winning composer Alexandre Desplat, the film’s original soundtrack will be released on CD and all digital platforms in conjunction with the Searchlight Pictures theatrical release of the film on October 22, 2021. The 2xLP vinyl edition will follow in early 2022.
The French Dispatch revolves around a fictitious expatriate magazine that tells three stories published in this legendary journal. It celebrates writers and the thrill of great storytelling. Music plays a key and distinct role in each of the “chapters” of the film. Renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet is featured in the film’s score and contributes a series of stunning solos on the recordings.
ABKCO will offer a Super Deluxe Set containing the Double-LP of The French Dispatch (Original Soundtrack), a Limited Edition set of The French Dispatch Art Cards, a double-sided poster and for the first fans to order, a printed copy of The French Dispatch Magazine.
Along with Desplat’s gorgeous score, the album also features Jarvis Cocker’s impassioned cover of the French pop hit “Aline”, originally written and recorded by French pop icon Christophe. The song appears in a critical scene in The French Dispatch, the character Tip Top appears on a poster in the café where the revolutionary youth of Paris congregate, while the song plays on the jukebox.
Expanding on the universe of The French Dispatch, Wes Anderson and Jarvis Cocker decided to collaborate on an entire album of French material from the same period entitled Chansons d’Ennui Tip-Top – containing songs associated with artists like Françoise Hardy, Serge Gainsbourg, Brigitte Bardot and Jacques Dutronc. This unique companion album has musical backing provided by JARVIS… plus Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab) featured on the duet “Paroles, Paroles.”
The pre-order of Limited Super Deluxe Set from ABKCO contains the vinyl album, a double-sided poster and a limited edition 45 of “Aline” b/w “Paroles, Paroles.” The first to pre-order will receive their poster autographed by Jarvis Cocker.
Jarvis Cocker’s Chansons d’Ennui Tip-Top is a tribute to French pop music and a musical extension of The French Dispatch that includes rendering of songs made known by a gallery of great French pop stars, including Dutronc (“Les Gens Sont Fous, Les Temps Sont Flous”), Francois Hardy (“Mon Ami La Rose”), Serge Gainsbourg (“Requiem Pour Un Con”) Brigitte Bardot (“Contact”) as well as songs by Dalida & Alain Delon, Marie LaFôret, Nino Ferrer & Radiah, Brigitte Fontaine & Areski Belkacem, Claude Channes and Max Berlin.
The French Dispatch (Original Soundtrack) includes the following tracks:
“Obituary” – Alexandre Desplat
“After You’ve Gone” (from Sadie McKee)- Gene Austin with Candy and Coco
“Simone, Naked, Cell Block J. Hobby Room” – Alexandre Desplat
“Fiasco” – Gus Viseur
“Moses Rosenthaler” – Alexandre Desplat
“I’ve Seen That Face Before (Libertango)” – Grace Jones
“Mouthwash de Menthe” – Alexandre Desplat
“Sonata For Mandolin and Guitar A-Dur, K. 331 Andante Grazioso con Variation VI. Variation 5 – Adagio” – Boris Björn Bagger and Detlef Tewes
“Cadazio Uncles and Nephew Gallery” – Alexandre Desplat
“Inseguimento al Taxi (The Chase)” (from Scent of Mystery) – Mario Nascimbene
“The Berensen Lectures at the Clampette Collection” – Alexandre Desplat
“L’Ultima Volta” (from I Malamondo) – Ennio Morricone
“Tu m’as trop menti” – Chantal Goya
“J’en déduis que je t’aime” – Charles Aznavour
“Fugue No.2 in C minor” (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, BWV 871) – The Swingle Singers
“Adagio (from Comptes à rebours)” – Georges Delerue
“Police Cooking” – Alexandre Desplat
“The Private Dining Room of the Police Commissioner” – Alexandre Desplat
“Kidnappers Lair” – Alexandre Desplat
“A Multi-Pronged Battle Plan” – Alexandre Desplat
“Blackbird Pie” – Alexandre Desplat
“Commandos, Guerillas, Snipers, Climbers and the Jeroboam – Alexandre Desplat
“Animated Car Chase” – Alexandre Desplat
“Lt. Nescaffier (Seeking Something Missing…)” – Alexandre Desplat
“Aline – Jarvis Cocker
Jarvis Cocker – Chansons d’Ennui Tip-Top includes the following tracks:
“Dans Ma Chambre” – Written by Pedro Espinoza Prieto – Originally performed by Dalida
“Contact” – Written by Serge Gainsbourg – Originally performed by Brigitte Bardot
“La Tendresse” – Written by Hubert Yves Adrien Giraud, Noel Roux – Originally performed by Marie LaFôret
“Amour, Je Te Cherche” – Written by Nino Ferrer – Originally performed by Nino Ferrer & Radiah
“Les Gens Sont Fous, Les Temps Sont Flous” – Written by Jacques Lanzmann, Jacques Dutronc- Originally performed by Jacques Dutronc
“Il Pleut Sur La Gare” – Written by Areski Belkacem, Brigitte Fontaine – Originally performed by Brigitte Fontaine & Areski Belkacem
“Paroles, Paroles” – Written by Matteo Chiosso, Giancarlo Del Re, Giovanni Ferrio – Originally performed by Dalida & Alain Delon
“Requiem Pour Un Con” – Written by Serge Gainsbourg, Michel Jean Piette Colombier – Originally performed by Serge Gainsbourg in the film Le Pacha
“Mon Ami La Rose” – Written by Cécille Caulier, Jacques Lacome D’Estalenx – Originally performed by Françoise Hardy
“Mao Mao” – Written by Gérard Guégan, Gérard Hugé Originally performed by Claude Channes in the film La Chinoise
“Elle Et Moi” – Written by Pascal Jean Michel Valadon, Aaron Gilbert, Alex Payne, Jean Pierre Cerrone – Originally performed by Max Berlin
“Aline” – Written by Daniel Georges Jacq Bevilacqua – Originally performed by Christophe