Daphne Guinness today releases a new single, ‘Hallucinations’, alongside the announcement of her much-anticipated third studio album, ‘Revelations’, due out via Agent Anonyme/Absolute in 2020. Daphne recorded the album at Les Studios Saint Germain, Paris – working once again with David Bowie producer Tony Visconti, also at the helm for Guinness’ previous two critically-acclaimed albums, ‘Optimist in Black’ and ‘Daphne & The Golden Chord’. Nodding towards references including Serge Gainsbourg’s ‘L’Histoire de Melody Nelson’ & J.S. Bach, Daphne’s new single ‘Hallucinations’ is couched in Visconti’s lush orchestrations.
As ‘Hallucinations’ suggests, Daphne explores a French-flavoured disco sound across ‘Revelations’, with her regular band – featuring Malcolm Doherty and Terry Miles (Go-Kart Mozart), Roger Manning Jr (Air, Beck) and Rod Melvin (Brian Eno) amongst its ranks – slipping into their white Repetto shoes to capture the nonchalant grooves of mid 70’s Gainsbourg, sprinkled with the dance floor decadence of Studio 54. It was Bowie himself – a friend and fan of her music – who first introduced Daphne to Tony and she’s been working with the legendary producer ever since. Daphne says of the sessions: “I discovered Studio Saint Germain by chance. It’s where Edith Piaf and Gainsbourg recorded. We decamped to Paris for a week and recorded live to analogue tape to soak up some of the Left Bank magic!”
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In her long career as a musician, fashion designer, artist, actress and just about everything in-between, Daphne has consistently proven her ability to move between these worlds with ease. As such, ‘Hallucinations’ takes centre stage in a forthcoming art-film project with another of Guinness’ long-standing collaborators, world-renowned photographer and videographer, David La Chapelle.
The film was shot in Los Angeles in November 2019 and is set to premiere this summer. Of the project, Daphne says: “David and I have had a long professional relationship and this is the most exciting and artistically ambitious thing we’ve done together so far. It is a many-layered sound and vision art collaboration with a very sober and profound message.”