About a month ago, we reported a story about the spacey French duo Air, who have once again delved into the world of film scoring. Their forthcoming LP, Le Voyage Dans La Lune, is not available until February 7 via Astralwerks, but today we get a two-minute clip that features Air’s soundtrack along with a brief look at how the restored, hand-colored version of the classic film will look.
Once they were approached with this project, Air created a 16-minute composition for the film that was developed into a full length LP. Air has successfully done film scores before, such as the memorable Virgin Suicides Soundtrack, but what is expected to set this score apart from others is that the duo only used natural instrumentation this time around. Although it seems hard to imagine Air without electronic instrumentation, they seem unfazed by this limitation, achieving many of their characteristic sounds by more natural methods. In fact, the approach seems to only invigorate their sonic quality.
By the time the terse two-minute video closes, you’ll want to buy the soundtrack and see Georges Méliès restored film. Fans of Air will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of sound on Le Voyage Dans La Lune. It has that characteristic Air sound to it, but there’s a livelihood and newness to it that we’ve all been wanted to hear from the duo. The track is larger-than-life, epic in scale, and incredibly danceable for something off a film score. The new coloration adds a psychedelic and vintage quality to the film that works so well with the sound Air has been perfecting since their start back in 1995. To become engrossed in Air’s Le Voyage Dans La Lune project, watch the video included below.