French electronic duo Air are set to return with their first album since 2009’s Love 2. Due out February on Astralwerks, Le Voyage Dans La Lune is a creative extension of the soundtrack Air composed for a restored version of the 1902 silent film of the same name by French director Georges Méliès.
The new album, which expands beyond the cinematic instrumental themes, features vocals and lyrics by Au Revoir Simone and Beach House‘s Victoria Legrand. Check out the wonderful collaboration with Legrand, “Seven Stars”:
As for the film, you can purchase a CD/DVD package that includes the digitally restored masterpiece. It was a project many years in the making:
“Released in 1902, this legendary 16-minute film is widely considered one of the most important works in film history, and the very first to use science fiction as its theme, incorporating special effects that were very state-of-the-art at the turn of the 19th century. It was loosely based on two popular novels of the time: Jules Verne’s ‘From the Earth to the Moon’ and H. G. Wells ‘The First Men In The Moon’.
A hand-coloured print, the only one known to survive, was rediscovered in 1993 by the Filmoteca de Catalunya. It was in a state of almost total decomposition, and many years of painstaking, manual restoration took place until 2010, when digital technology finally came to the rescue. Following another year at the Technicolor Lab of Los Angeles, it was finally ready to share with the world.
Eager to put a contemporary spin on this classic silent film, the producers decided to approach AIR’s Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel, to compose an original modern soundtrack, an enormous honour for French musicians, considering the film’s place in the canon of French cinema.”