Jean-Michel Jarre is cranking up the hype machine for his upcoming, still-to-be-named studio album.
Today, he released the music video for Glory, a collaboration with fellow Frenchman Anthony Gonzalez (M83). The video explores how we often glorify the absurd.
Here’s what director Lisa Paclet has to say about the video:
“When I listened to ‘Glory,’ I was struck by the lyrics ‘We could never have it all.’ That to me crystallized a very contemporary feeling of impotence. Jean-Michel Jarre told me he wanted the video to be ‘dark and sunny,’ so I opted for a slightly sardonic take on the concept of glory.
I wanted to glorify useless action though a series of absurd sports, preformed by athletes that run after unreachable, constantly shifting goals.
As the clip progresses the athletes subtly rebel against their pointless task, either though deliberate action of failure, breaking the repetitive cycle to which they are constrained. Their failures reveal a breach of humanity, which ricochets within the public; who in turn reacts in a progressively entropic fashion.”
Jarre fans may notice a visual reference to Equinoxe.
In addition to Glory, the new album will feature several other collaborations:
- Conquistador with Gesaffelstein;
- Watching You with Massive Attack’s Robert ‘3D’ Del Naja; and
- Zero Gravity with Tangerine Dream.
Zero Gravity is one of the final recordings Tangerine Dream’s Edgar Froese made before his passing earlier this year.