The electronic pioneer is currently working on a brand new album.
A legend in electronic music, Jean-michel Jarre is returning with a new album and has teamed up with fellow France-dweller Anthony Gonzalez from the band M83 in a brand new track entitled 'Glory' - a soaring anthem recorded for a recently released short film.
Jean-Michel Jarre teams up with M83 on new track 'Glory'
Jean-Michel Jarre's 'Glory' is an atmospheric crescendo of a track featuring gorgeous ambient vocals courtesy of Gonzalez, buzzing synths and heavy percussion. It melts together so wonderfully, you could almost describe it as a match made in musical heaven; Jarre's and Gonzalez's similar sensibilities proved exceedingly helpful. 'The demo was really strong right away', said the latter. 'It was very melodic, we both think that melody is the most important thing in music.'
Gonzalez met Jarre following one of his shows at the 1,700 capacity venue Olympia in Paris, and they immediately discussed collaborative opportunities. And for Gonzalez, working alongside this musical pioneer was a complete no brainer. 'He did so much for electronic music and especially for my generation of artists, I'm talking about Daft Punk, Phoenix, Justice', he says. 'For me, it was an amazing opportunity to collaborate with one of my favourite artists of all time.'
The pair swapped multiple ideas over the course of the writing and recording process, with one notion sticking out strongly apart from the others for Jarre. 'We went with this idea of having an electronic anthem using his vocals like a chant', he reveals.
The song was recorded for the 10-minute Google Play documentary 'EMIC' directed by David Brodie; an explorative movie discussing the future opportunities of the people of Earth and their quest for permanent space travel. The film was produced in promotion of Christopher Nolan's Oscar-winning sci-fi adventure 'Interstellar' which was released in 2014, starring Matthew McConaughey.
Jean Michel Jarre rose to recognition in the 1970s, topping French charts with albums such as 'Oxygène' (1976), 'Équinoxe' (1978) and 'Magnetic Fields' (1981). He hasn't released a full album of new material since 2007's 'Téo & Téa', but he confirmed earlier this year that he was definitely working on some new stuff with the Facebook post, 'A new album is on the horizon'.