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Mike Patton & Jean-Claude Vannier

Mike Patton And Jean-Claude Vannier Team Up For New Album, Stream “On Top Of The World”


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Faith No More, etc. frontman Mike Patton has teamed with French composer Jean-Claude Vannier for a new 12-song album titled “Corpse Flower“. Patton spoke of how the project came to be, offering:

Jean-Claude and I met while working together on a [Serge] Gainsbourg retrospective at the Hollywood Bowl in 2011. We bonded immediately. I could see he had a dedication and attention to detail that was relentless so the respect I had for him in my mind was magnified in person. We spoke loosely about working together in the future… and it took some time, but after a few years I contacted him and we began to ignite some sparks.”

Vannier added:

“I would send Mike rough versions of the songs to get his thoughts, then I’d wait impatiently, staring at the clock, until I received his response. He made my music awaken with his unique perspective and interpretations of my songs. A formidable vocalist, with a sense of humor, Mike and I created a strong, beautiful and sincere collection of music, as well as a friendship.”

Numerous musicians were recruited to flesh out the record, which was recorded across sessions in both Los Angeles, CA and Paris, France. Among those who took part are:

Smokey Hormel (Beck, Johnny Cash)
Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Air, Nine Inch Nails)
James Gadson (Beck, Jamie Lidell)
Denys Lable
Bernard Paganotti (Magma)
Daniel Ciampolini
Didier Malherbe
Léonard Le Cloarec
The Bécon Palace String Ensemble

A September 13th release date has been set for the outing on Ipecac Recordings with a stream of the track “On Top Of The World” available below. Pre-orders for the album can be found here.

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