Wes Anderson Teams Up with Jarvis Cocker for “The French Dispatch” Inspired Album

Bill Murray in
Bill Murray in "The French Dispatch"

Wes Anderson’s highly-anticipated movie The French Dispatch will be followed by a collaboration album between the iconic director and former Pulp front man Jarvis Cocker. The release, titled Chansons d’Ennui Tip-Top, will see Cocker perform French songs from the period the movie is set in.

Anderson and Cocker originally teamed up for the cover of Cristophe’s “Aline.” Cocker’s version of the 1965 hit song is prominently used in The French Dispatch and will be part of the movie’s original soundtrack.

The fruitful collab on “Aline” prompted the duo to record a full album inspired by The French Dispatch. The LP will consist of covers of popular songs from artists like Françoise Hardy, Serge Gainsbourg, and Brigitte Bardot, and will arrive on October 22nd.

This isn’t the first time that Wes Anderson and Jarvis Cocker have worked together. Cocker previously contributed to the soundtracks of several movies directed by Anderson while also voicing character Petey in his 2009’s animated comedy Fantastic Mr.Fox.

The French Dispatch finished filming in 2019 and was set to arrive in the summer of 2020. Since then, the movie, starring an ensemble cast featuring Timothée Chalamet, Benicio del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, and Bill Murray, among others, suffered several delays before premiering this year at the Cannes Film Festival. It is currently scheduled for theatrical release on October 22nd in the United States.