Grand 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 magnetmagazine.com this week. Read our Q&A with them.
It’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.