Every time Charlotte Gainsbourg is on the verge of releasing an album or being the lead actress on a feature film, she’s the showstopper with a simple message, causing a commotion among the media and immediately getting all eyes on her. Being the daughter of Serge Gainsbourg, France’s unquestionable musical icon and whiskey drinker, and Jane Birkin, actress extraordinaire, Charlotte grew up surrounded by the crème de la crème of the artistic world.

Despite roaming among lights, cameras, stages and creative titans, she was only able to find her own identity later on. Her father, Serge, brought her on board and was the inciter to her musical debut at the mere age of thirteen. The controversial ‘Lemon Incest’, the last song of Serge Gainsbourg’s 1984’s brilliant Love on the Beat, depicts a platonic and impossible relationship between a father and her daughter. Needless to say, with its release, Serge was accused of glamorising paedophilia and incest.

The years went by and Charlotte found her comfort zone and voice by splitting her time between music and cinema. By serving as a sort-of muse to Lars Von Trier and being part of three of his most acclaimed films, Charlotte reached a deserved cult status. Her depicted fragility is her biggest strength and that reflects and shines through in any creative endeavor she may pursue. On Rest, her fourth album, she is again at the gates of grief and in need of creatively exposing her pain as a way towards healing.

To endure and initiate her healing process, Gainsbourg traded Paris for New York, with her husband and children. For the first time in her musical career, she mostly used her own words in her own songs. With a little help from french producer SebastiAn throughout the course of an intensive year of writing sessions and recording, and also with gestures of kindness from Paul McCartney, who provided guitar, drums, keys and lyrics for ‘Songbird in a Cage’, Charlotte channeled her vulnerable self, but once again proved herself as a force to be reckoned with. She is not afraid to explore and expose her darkest moments and that has been proven through her many talents and crafts.

Rest’s first single ‘Deadly Valentine’, which included a video collaboration with Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes, is shadowed among the weight of several songs layered in pain and desperation for relief, however, it's still elegantly produced with all the best assets only French electronica can provide.

Switching languages between verses and chorus, title track ‘Rest’, produced by Daft Punk’s own Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, is a soft-paced lullaby with layers of heartache. Gainsbourg also borrows quotes from Sylvia Plath for ‘Sylvia Says’, creating a more disco-inspired song. But again, the nuclear strength and core topic of Rest is grief. ‘Lying with You’, a reflection on the moment she dealt with the passing of Serge Gainsbourg, holds in every whispered word, sung in her mother tongue, a feeling of unholding and healthy processing, also applied on ‘Kate’, dedicated to her sister Kate Barry Gainsbourg and her apparent suicide.

Charlotte has been living in the shadow of her parents, both sublime in their artistry. She struggled with comparisons, she benefited from her surname by being produced by Jarvis Cocker, Air and Beck for her previous albums and has publicly admitted that she finds singing harder than filming. A camera provides her with shelter and singing exposes her vulnerabilities. She has lived with those haunting feelings... until now: Rest is her gateway out from the darkness, a way of coping with her fragilities, a processor of emotions, her loss, and also her most personal work to date, simply, where Charlotte is finally able to be Charlotte.