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After seven albums as one half of celebrated musical duo AIR, Nicolas Godin's first solo album Contrepoint has reached back in time to move further forward.

Four years in the making, Contrepoint is a dazzling recording that conjoins Godin's habitual musical fusions - drawn from modern pop, film soundtracks and retrospective pop (soft rock, exotica, '80s Eurodance, Yé-yé) - with the classical forms of Johann Sebastian Bach. Eight works of Germany's 18th century classical music genius have served as inspirational jumping-off points for Godin's own compositions, with fellow Bach fanatic, the late, great Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, serving as a spiritual guide.

Contrepoint splices genres with a bold, punchy, yet sensual and sweeping feel, with a variety of lyrical narratives in various languages and a similarly international cast of guests.

The first taste of the LP comes in the form of 'Orca', the albun's epic opening track, which features a part-animated video directed by Sean Pecknold. A multi-faceted film-maker, Pecknold has utilised various techniques on his projects including claymation, glass plane animation and super 16mm film. He has created promos for Fleet Foxes, Beach House, Grizzly Bear and Elvis Perkins. Click HERE to watch.

Of the video Pecknold states: “When I first heard this song, I was like: Whoa.... this rules. Then I listened to it for a few days on repeat with my eyes closed. It felt like some sort of instrument battle, and I kept thinking of the ways they visualize music in Japanese play-along video games. I also kept thinking of the opening for a science show from the early 90's called 3, 2, 1 Contact. Because the song moves so fast, I thought it'd be cool to do a quick-cut montage as this was the opening song on the record. That lead to the idea to create a graphic visual loop for every sound we hear in the song."

Godin will be performing a special one-off live show this Thursday 4th June at the Villa Medici in Rome.

Contrepoint will be released later this year on Because Music. More info will follow soon.

   

   

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