Grand Duchy Cultural Position #2: Pink Champagne

grandlogo150c2120be3Grand Duchy is the latest venture from Charles Thompson (a.k.a Frank Black, a.k.a. Black Francis). It’s a duo with his wife Violet Clark that explores relatively off-road terrain for Thompson: high-gloss new wave and vampish synth pop. Grand Duchy’s playful and slightly Euro-affected debut album, Petits Four, is out April 14 on Cooking Vinyl. Thompson and Clark are guest editing this week. Read our Q&A with them.

nicolas_feuillatte_rose200bIt’s actually called “rose,” but since we don’t know how to make the little accent go over the “e” in “rose,” we’ll just call it pink. Maybe the best thing to happen to a tongue since French kissing. Champagne is such a crisp and delightful experience anyway, but add a little color and a little fruit to the body, and it’s like Valentine’s Day in your goddamn mouth. A staple on our tour rider and in our personal relationship. There’s Mr. Thompson, Mrs. Thompson and a bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose in between us. We and the bottle, holding hands on a porch swing. Can you picture it? Good. Now go buy some and have it with your quinoa spaghetti and veggie balls tonight.

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  1. Jahid Ghilman Wali
    Posted April 9, 2009 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    You are bloody pinky right, dear pop believers. Champagne rose is something to share, before all. Bubbles are a sign of hope and life and of course fertility. They are to be appreciated at their just valeur. The color gives taste. It is like anything relevant in this plan of reality. We are talking about art ain’t we? As a good French immigrant (it had to happen one day) I advise Millesime Bruno Paillard (pink is available, though regular rocks enough). Enjoy Grand Duchy.