Premiere: Orlean's You're Not There video beautifully pays homage to Jean-Luc Godard
It's the final single from excellent self-titled debut EP.
Header photo by Lisa Businovski.
Melbourne electronic duo Orlean have very quickly crafted a name for themselves with a special brand of unassuming, delicate electronic-pop wonderfully showcased on their self-titled debut EP from earlier this year. And now they're ready to close off that chapter with the release of the final single from it, You're Not There, which comes with a beautifully cut togehter video clip that pays homage to cult French New Wave filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard. It was cut together by Terry Mann (who with Bella Li makse up Orlean), who explains the choice: "Jean-Luc Godard and his French New Wave contemporaries were masters of presenting the world in a way that felt real, and less like a premeditated stage show. Simple executions, like holding the shot on one character while they listen and react to the person they are talking to, goes a long way towards putting you in their mind and in their world. Anna Karina was Godard’s muse, playing the lead role in most of his early films. She has the ability to convey so many ideas and emotions in one shot, sometimes without even speaking. Godard’s use of long reaction shots during another characters dialogue allowed Karina to explore this much further than she otherwise would have been able to in conventional cinema of the time.
"One of the main goals of the Orlean project was to strip away as much instrumentation as possible, leaving the song with its primary bones and themes – hopefully resulting in the ideas having maximum impact. These early Godard films were shot beautifully, but without large budgets, expansive studios or too many cooks in the kitchen. The result is some great cinema, with the core themes and performances having maximum impact on the audience."
And once you find yourself lost in the world of Godard and Orlean below, you'll see the idea was executed to perfection:
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