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Émile Sornin is a relentless explorer of genres and influences, from experimental chanson to psychedelic pop, from music video director to instrument tester (Le Bon Coin Forever documentary). This composer, multi-instrumentalist from La Rochelle had first demonstrated the importance of revisiting 70’s psychedelia in his debut album Rhapsode, released in 2014 on Born Bad Records.
After his collaboration on Charlotte Gainsbourg’s album Rest, Émile Sornin is back again at the machines, from which he extracts surprising sounds. His interest for 70’s film soundtracks, jazz and progressive rock marks his 2017 production, La Pantoufle, a mix of influences ranging from Jacques Tati’s psychedelic touch to Vladimir Cosma, François de Roubaix or Jean-Claude Vannier.
In 2019, Émile lands on the BMM Records catalog with his “punk-jazz” duo project La Récré with Isaac Delusion’s drummer Cédric Laban, and signs for a highly acclaimed trilogy of EPs.
With several short films to his credit, Émile digs his way into cinema by composing original soundtracks for 2020 film De Nos Frères Blessés directed by Hélier Cisterne and 2022 French-Canadian motion picture Babysitter by Monia Chokri.
After exploring the jazz sphere with his project La Récré, French pop with solo works on Born Bad Records including the recent album L’Idiophone, and movie soundtracks for both Monia Chokri films “Babysitter” and “Simple Comme Sylvain”, Forever Pavot is everywhere but where we expect him to be. He now lands on the hip-hop planet with this beat-heavy west coast rap LP in collaboration with L.A. rapper and street activist XP The Marxman.
SIMPLE COMME SYLVAIN OST
“Monia Chokri came to me for her previous film Babysitter, she had listened a lot to my 2nd album La Pantoufle during the writing process and she wanted me to compose the music for her second film. As we got on very well, she contacted me again for her 3rd film Simple Comme Sylvain.”
This new album rides a deliberately more romantic and melancholic wave than its predecessor, combined with Pavot’s retro and vintage sound. “Monia and I share a love of Italian music and 60’s soundtracks”, explains Forever Pavot, who drew inspiration from composers such as Ennio Morricone, Piero Umiliani and Alessandro Alessandroni to create this heavenly record.
We’re stoked to welcome Émile Sornin’s solo project Forever Pavot to the BMM roster with this lovely vintage soundtrack for the French-Canadian movie Babysitter, directed by Monia Chokri.