Mick Harvey (photo L.J Spruyt)
Mick Harvey has unveiled a video for his German translation of Gainsbourg’s most infamous song, ‘Je T’Aime… Moi Non Plus’, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Watch ‘Ich Liebe Dich…Ich Dich Auch Nicht’, directed by Lucian Segura and edited by Lyndelle-Jayne Spruyt right here…
“The track is taken from Harvey’s fourth and final volume of Serge Gainsbourg translations, Intoxicated Women
, out now on Mute
. Here guest vocalist Andrea Schroeder delivers a smouldering duet with Mick Harvey which, according to MOJO magazine, “makes a case for German being the true language of love
A series of European dates have been announced for spring, launching with a rare London performance at Under The Bridge
on the 25 March before going on to Spain, Turkey and Greece (full details below).
Intoxicated Women mainly concentrates on the duets and songs written by Gainsbourg, mostly during the 60s in a period where he was focusing his songwriting on singers such as France Gall, Juliette Greco and most famously, Brigitte Bardot.
Here Harvey has enlisted the talents of guest singers Channthy Kak (Cambodian Space Project), Australian singers Xanthe Waite (Terry, Primo), Sophia Brous, Lyndelle-Jayne Spruyt and Jess Ribeiro and the German chanteuse Andrea Schroeder along with a special appearance on ‘Baby Teeth, Wolfy Teeth’ by Harvey’s son, Solomon.
A recent reissue of the first two volumes (Intoxicated Man, originally released in 1996 and 1997’s Pink Elephants) rekindled Harvey’s interested in the Gainsbourg translations and 20 years after the original release, work began on what would become Volumes 3 and 4. Recording in late 2015 in Melbourne with J.P. Shilo and the rest of his Antipodean-based live band, 10 songs were tracked at Birdland Studios. The project then relocated to Berlin where a further 9 songs were recorded with Toby Dammit (The Stooges, Residents) and Bertrand Burgalat (of French label Tricatel) who was the string arranger on the first 2 volumes.
The resultant recordings served to whet Harvey’s appetite for more and almost immediately work continued back in Melbourne in order to have enough material to fill 2 new volumes. Along with principle musical collaborator, Shilo (with whom Harvey also worked on Rowland S. Howard’s ‘Pop Crimes’) and Melbourne based musicians Glenn Lewis and Hugo Cran, Harvey enlisted the aforementioned female singers to help complete this final volume in the series”.