M83 released an audacious new video today for the first track, “Temple of Sorrow,” off of his forthcoming album DSVII, due out September 20th. The video is the first installment of a three-part short film entitled Extazus.
Director Bertrand Mandico has created an experimental film that channels late 60’s science fiction. The video depicts a writer laying down the exploits of a futuristic character named the Nirvana Queen. He is channeling the imagery of Barbarella and infusing it with the psychedelic musings of the free-love generation. The Nirvana Queen is both fierce and a sexual being that easily succumbs to her own yearnings.
In the video, the Nirvana Queen breaks free of the confines of her fiction to become a tangible being in the “reality” of the narrative. Much like Robert E. Howard claimed the Conan was a real being that forced him to write stories about him. The Nirvana Queen eventually slays her creator to take control of her own narrative.
The beautiful imagery compliments the ethereal character of M83’s ambient soundtrack. Digital Shades Vol. 2 comes 12 years after the first volume. M83 had this to say about the concept:
At first there was this vivid memory of Dungeons and Dragons, this childhood sensation of living in an imaginary world set in a faraway past or a lost future. I wanted to create some music that could be part of this adventure and journey with all of its solitary knights, dreamy landscapes, strange animals, forgotten myths and old spells.
Initially conceived as series of B-side releases, the Digital Shades series has become it’s own animal.
You can preorder DSVII on 2XLP candy floss pink vinyl here.
Watch the video for “Temple of Sorrow” below: