In 2010, Air were commissioned to provide a new soundtrack to a hand coloured version of Georges Méliès 1902 silent film Le Voyage Dans La Lune (Journey To The Moon).
Discovered in 1993, the coloured print was restored and premiered this year at the Cannes Film Festival in France, with Air‘s soundtrack.
The album, ‘Le Voyage Dans La Lune’, is due for release on February 6, 2012. It is the French band’s seventh album and their first since 2009’s ‘Love 2’.
Air‘s Nicolas Godin said of the album: “‘A Trip to the Moon’ is undoubtedly more organic than most of our past projects. We wanted it to sound ‘handmade and knocked together’, a bit like Méliès’ special effects. Everything is played live and like Méliès’ film, our soundtrack is nourished by living art.”
Projects like this refresh our brain. Making your own albums all the time is too narrow-minded. At some point you write the same song. So you need new blood all the time. We are like vampires.