On February 7, French duo Air will release an expanded soundtrack to French cinema pioneer Georges Méliès’ 1902 silent film Le Voyage Dans La Lune. First single “Seven Stars,” a lavishly textured collaboration with Beach House’s Victoria Legrand, has already hit the web, and it extends the Moon Safari veterans’ streak of outer-space successes, with pianos, a spoken-word countdown, and Legrand’s incantatory vocals.
Now another track from the project, “Sonic Armada,” has emerged, set to video footage from the recently re-colored Méliès film. This latest taste of Air’s first album since 2009’s Love 2 is once again lush, spacey, and in keeping with the lounge-soaked electronic vibe of Air’s past stellar work. Where “Seven Stars” is a dynamic, fully fleshed out song, “Sonic Armada” centers on a retro-psychedelic instrumental groove, with a looser, more improvisatory feel. Either way, it’s definitely a surreal accompaniment to the vintage footage showing early space explorers’ fantastical sword fights with little green moon men.