Boomkat Product Review:
One of the most exciting discoveries from Jean-Claude Vannier's vaults, "Paris n'existe pas" is a hallucinogenic accompaniment to the 1968 film of the same name that served as the blueprint for his legendary Serge Gainsbourg collaboration "Histoire de Melody Nelson" just three years later.
Finders Keepers went above and beyond with this one. "Paris n'existe pas" barely existed until now, with the label combing Vannier's archive of rehearsals, reference recordings and TV features to assemble a genuine recording of the legendary score. The film was released in 1968, and its dark and experimental time-hopping themes needed similarly inventive musical treatment, so Vannier's score provided early examples of his woozy forward-thinking orchestral psychedelia.
Working alongside French free jazz legends like Philippe Maté and Jean-Louis Chautemps and a capable string ensemble, Vannier came up with the blueprint for the sound he'd eventually dub "approximately-Orient", looking Eastward to wrench himself free of French convention. This was the sound that anchored Serge Gainsbourg's cult smash "Histoire de Melody Nelson", so to hear it in its raw form is a rare privilege. Combined with tracks like the bizarre 'Le feu', that showcases Vannier's game-changing sound design alongside his flowery instrumental flourishes, it's a key piece of the puzzle that'll be essential listening for OST addicts, beat miners and psych fiends alike.