From the sounds of frosty Kiev to sunny Ipanema, cosy ballades featuring technicoloured soul and shining brass with spellbinding strings, “Les Sources” is composed of flowing, soft and sunny waters. This is Vanessa Paradis’ seventh album since “M & J” (1988), and it combines the spirit of travellers with the impulses of love.
“I wanted the album to be bright and cheerful, and to focus on nature, dreams and love, while taking the audience on a journey to different destinations. I asked Paul Butler (the leader of the English group “The Bees”) to be the producer, because of his sense of simplicity and his sound, which is both modern and reminiscent of the sixties, my favourite period of the soul era, with Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Al Green, etc.”.
“All my albums reflect my personality, but as I made this one in Los Angeles, far away from France and my friends, I had a lot of spare time so I was particularly involved. It was recorded intermittently at the Sound Factory. When I wasn't in the studio, I had time to reflect on the sections of brass, strings and choir tunes. It was a different and sometimes difficult journey but the album is more special as a result.
“Les Sources” revisits several pieces by the director and writer Samuel Benchetrit, who wrote the “Chroniques de l’Asphalte” and the film “Dog”. The theme of dreams, which is present in all his work, is also a feature in “Les Sources”.
The credits also mention Fabio Viscogliosi, “a writer, painter and singer who is always gentle and sophisticated”.
With “Les Sources”, Vanessa Paradis is bringing us a bright and joyful new album focused on nature, dreams and love. On stage, she takes us on a new journey with her new songs and her greatest hits, providing copious amounts of soft, solar and rhythmic energy.