Soundwalk Collective reveal new track made from Jean-Luc Godard's personal archives



‘L’impossible du possible’ is taken from forthcoming album What We Leave Behind.

Audio-visual group Soundwalk Collective have been given access to legendary French film-maker Jean-Luc Godard’s personal archive of film, outtakes and reel-to-reel tapes to craft their new album What We Leave Behind.

Ahead of its release, the group have shared the first of three videos shot within the archive, providing a mesmeric, Baraka-like look at the historical audio ephemera which form the basis of each composition.

Speaking of the project in a recent VF feature, Soundwalk Collective co-founder and film-maker Stephan Crasneanscki said: “We went into the archives, scanned most of the tapes and recomposed and recut a sound piece… On some of these you could hear Godard himself directing actors or actresses just after the cut, or preparing the actor or the director of photography just before the recording gets lost.”

What emerges is an impressionistic series of compositions that channel these sonic fragments with processes akin to how Godard used to deploy sound in his films.

What We Leave Behind is released on 18th May. Pre-order it here.

The LP will be followed by a remix EP, with reworks from Ricardo Villalobos, Jan Jelinek and Petre Inspirescu, released on 25th May, which you can pre-order here.