Mike Patton and Jean-Claude Vannier: On Top Of The World

Ingenious contemporary rock chameleon, Mike Patton, joins forces with renowned French composer, Jean-Claude Vannier, for the release of the collaborative 12-song LP, Corpse Flower, out September 13th, 2019, through Ipecac Recordings.

"Jean-Claude and I met while working together on a Gainsbourg retrospective at the Hollywood Bowl in 2011," explains Patton. "We bonded immediately. I could see he had a dedication and attention to detail that was relentless so the respect I had for him in my mind was magnified in person. We spoke loosely about working together in the future… and it took some time, but after a few years I contacted him and we began to ignite some sparks."

Vannier adds about the creative process: "I would send Mike rough versions of the songs to get his thoughts, then I’d wait impatiently, staring at the clock, until I received his response. He made my music awaken with his unique perspective and interpretations of my songs. A formidable vocalist, with a sense of humor, Mike and I created a strong, beautiful and sincere collection of music, as well as a friendship."

On Top Of The World which introduces us to the album, is a fine and fun mixture of Patton's radical spirit and characterful, fervent vocals, and Vannier's flair for melodious, Gainsbourg-like French pop.

Cover art by Kenro Izu


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