CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG @ THE FONDA THEATRE
Photos by Leslie Kalohi
Charlotte Gainsbourg’s much anticipated appearance at the cancelled FYF Fest found a new home at the Fonda Theatre, where the French chanteuse performed a rare headlining show in support of last year’s acclaimed album, Rest.
Drawing primarily from Rest, the night’s setlist was lush, romantic, and cinematic in scope, highlighted on stage by glowing geometric frames, fog, and neon white lights. Heavy synthesizers and an almost breathless sense of urgency dominated each song as if lifted straight from the decadent 1970s, the time period of Gainsbourg’s youth. Everyone joyously danced to the shimmery Euro disco vibes on “Sylvia Says” and “Paradisco,” or were transported to the eerie climax of a Kubrick film with “I’m a Lie” and “Ring-a-Ring O’ Roses.”
Having been in the public spotlight for decades, Gainsbourg effortlessly commanded the Fonda stage and awed Los Angeles fans in both French and English with a genteel, almost regal confidence. The concert was dedicated to her late sister Kate after performing a track off Rest bearing the same name, with Gainsbourg immediately playing “Charlotte For Ever,” linking the siblings together forever in song.
The evening concluded with a delicate cover of Kanye West’s “Runaway” before ending her set with the classic, “Lemon Incest.”