Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Les Balayeurs Du Desert - Decollage

Now before you listen to this song (assuming you haven't heard it yet), you MUST watch this video: The Little Girl Giant. What you are seeing is a live fairy-tale theatre event and parade called The Sultan's Elephant, involving a giant girl marionnette and a 42-ton mechanical elephant. It was created by French street arts group Royal de Luxe, and during performances a French prog rock band by the name of Les Balayeurs Du Desert (The Desert Sweepers) played backing music taken from their album Jules Verne Impact (the whole extravaganza is supposedly inspired by the works of Jules Verne). This song, "Decollage", is the one playing during the Little Girl Giant video, and it has a dreamy electronic sound reminiscent of fellow French bands Air or Telepopmusik. The rest of the album incorporates more world music elements, but this song kills, and the added visuals of the marionnette make it even cooler.

50 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, wow, this is one of the most mesmorizing things I've seen in awhile. Thank you so much for posting this.
-Hannah

huang-yu-hsun said...

thank so much, I love this song!
--eden form Taiwan

jenny said...

Ive seen this about 25 times already.. and I cant get enough. I cry everytime and I cant explain why. Its the most beautiful scariest thing I have ever seen. I think I can relate to this little girl giant in so many unexplainable ways.

J.

Anonymous said...

Jenny...I'm glad you said that it makes you cry for no explainable reason. I do the same. It's funny how things effect you. I'm glad I'm not going insane. I guess it just touches us deep in our hearts and it's clear those can be very complicated.

NightDancer

Hadge said...

My daughter saw this live in London recently and said that it was one of the most amazing experiences she had ever had - I wish I had been able to be there - wonderful - great track too, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sean / everyone

Thanks for posting this great music. I tried to buy it at Amazon but couldnt find it. By the way I'm a 52 year old grown man and it made me cry too, maybe it was just the track. But whatever age we are, we all have a child within...

Thanks again

Tim

Shade said...

Thanks much! I just watched the video and knew I had to have the song, if not the album it came from. You set me on the way to both ^_^

Mondo Kane said...

I think tears must be a universal response to this - here I am crying now... visuals and sound just have so much impact in this. It's a terribly unusal thing to see, and as modern people we can understand how the whole event was achieved, but nothing can take the magic out of it. It's as near as damnit to waking up in a fairy tale, and I think had I been a Londoner who'd seen this I would have been a blubbering ruin by the end of it - I'd just not want to let that magic go...
I'll keep the mp3 as a momento - thank you so much for providing it.

Nancy said...

Thanks for the experience. I am a total fan of these performers, thanks to you. I can't quit watching and even dreaming of the images. Very truly artistic. I wish the world would bring more art and less war

Dobermann said...

THANKS!! I saw the video and I was just CRAVING for this song.. I hope someday I can get so see this wonderful performance. And Im buying the CD as soon as its available on their website again :( http://www.thesultanselephant.com/shop/shop.php

Thanks again!!!

Paul said...

for many people this video and the music combine in such a strange and evocative way. They touch somewhere deep inside. Its almost a spiritual feeling, and so beautiful.
I cant help wondering why it doesnt touch everyone.
I found your download just after i bought the track from itunes just search on "decollage' a steal at 79p. Great that you posted this though so more people can share the sound. The vocals are sampled from a song called "It amazes me' sung by Blossom Dearie. From the album Diva. not half as good as the sampled version and the etherial music on the video though.

kr said...

jenny said it.
it scares the shit out of me and leaves me giggling with delight!

kr said...

oh my god i just realized that you posted the song! thankyou so much!

Mike said...

WOW that is so cool..

Anyone that did not cry looking at that video has no emotion..

love it....

Steve said...

Thank you for posting links to the video and especially the song.
Steve

von said...

I JUST WATCHED THIS VIDEO and am so in love with the song, the giant girl, the french troop who created her...

I'm so grateful you posted the song, but it looks like it's no longer avail. is there any way you can repost? PLEASE?

-von

Anonymous said...

42 year old male, here. Sultan's Elephant video with the Little Giant Girl has got to be one of the most engrossing works of art I have ever seen... I can not watch it without going slack-jawed, and tuning out the rest of the world.

Very moving, and the Decollage track is partially responsible for that.

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Anonymous said...

Beautiful and mesmerizing video.

The Decollage track is not there any more, would you upload it again please... a thousand thank yous

banana tree said...

Great video.. It was a bit creepy when the intro of the song played as the doll started moving. Dolls scare me, but hey, this is a really nice song, and it made the doll seem more human I guess. I'd really like to download it but it's not in savefile anymore... could you please post it again? Thanks in advance

Anonymous said...

The track has been taken down - please please please bring it back!

Anonymous said...

yes, please repost!

Anonymous said...

yes please repost the song!

doviine, stfu, tell your tragic lifestory to a group of people who care. this isnt a discussion geared towards childhood trauma stupid.

Anonymous said...

doviine - These are men pulling string/chains, and making a 20ft wooden doll, move in lifelike ways. Nothing speaks of child abuse to me

I think you need help, to get over whatever ordeal you have had in your life, and learn that not all men are like the one's who you have had the misfortune of dealing with in your life.

Best of luck with your future recovery.

Thatsnews said...

Wonderful. Makes me tingle every time I see it. Thanks for sharing this with the world.

Anonymous said...

please upload the song again

Anonymous said...

...way late in the game, but like others, am hoping you'd repost the song.... P.L.E.A.S.E?

Anonymous said...

I don't think he's going to post it again, but I ripped my own version from a high-quality H264 video from the author's website, electricpig.net:

http://savefile.com/files/44496

Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, anonymousie, for the upload!

Zac said...

I clicked on the "download MP3" and it does not work. I would LOVE a copy of this song; does anyone know where else I can obtain a copy? The video of the giant puppets is amazing.

Steven said...

See above :)

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Anonymous said...

I like the song and the giant puppet girl seems like a fun art project.
However I'm not really moved by it like some seems to be. Don't know why it is pulling some people's triggers and not mine.
Quite spectacular as an event though.

Thanks for the free mp3 gotta go to iTunes now and check out some more music by this artist!

ChristineB said...

I was just sent this video by a friend via utube. The whole thing left me speechless and completely moved. The music specially. I had to find it. So i sent an email to the person who actually filmed it and he sent me the name and this blog website. The best part was to see how many people felt the same way it did. Truly a beautiful video.
Thank you, thank you, thank you again.
Christie
LA, CA

Anonymous said...

Hi...the mp3 file is missing, and I have been trying to get this music fro ages. Can anybody re-post the file? Or send it to me at jackramp@earthlink.net?

TIA

Anonymous said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOOPs

Got it..Thank you so much...

Impetua said...

I saw this as a link in a random blog I looked at which makes it all the more meaningful to me. It speaks to me about beauty, randomness, being utterly gobstruck by something. I could not explain why it spoke to me and still cannot.

My friend Liz found it to be creepy and disturbing.

I love the men working around her, how they are all dressed like footmen in their velvety coats, like she is royalty. She is.

johnie1 said...

when i saw this on YouTube i stuck it on me blog, on doing a bit of research i found this qoute on the London web-site for the visit of The Sultan's Elephant (the last line is beautiful):

'…the most enchanting, spectacular, beautiful piece of fairytale that I think I'll ever see. I have the strangest feeling today, something in between grief and joy, sad that I will never see that beautiful Little Giant or that gargantuan Elephant and happy that I had the privilege to meet them. Thank you for reminding me how to be a child and for realising that cynicism is not a way of life!'

Anonymous said...

I've been looking for this song for ages! Finally found this site, but the MP3 is missing.

Could someone pls upload the song again.

Pls.......

Milton Grubert said...

Perfect, exactly right. Perfect.

I saw this experience in London my home town, bought the music on iTunes (search - "Les Balayeurs Du Desert"- PC or MAC), I bought the book too (which I must say is tear rendering) then followed the show to Calais in September last year and still want to see more.

The giant girl is going to Iceland in May 2007 in a new show, sans the Elephant though.

People who did not witness the live event will not understand fully.

Download the music and go and see the whole show if you can, I don't know when, or if it's next on.

I understand they (Royal de Luxe) did a presentation in Chile just recently.

I'm painting a picture at the moment which tries to hug their concept. Though I've doubts of success.

I openly applaud this outfit/open air theatre company for bringing joy to our grief stricken world.

I cried too. (54 year old bloke livin' in London)

Thanks again, Milt

Anonymous said...

I saw the Little Giant Girl few week ago here in Chile. It's simply amazing, awesome.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTCrTjacDIo

Anonymous said...

find it here

http://savefile.com/files/44496

Anonymous said...

the song that is as mp3... :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks a million for re-uploading it!

Anonymous said...

Amazing video. Great tune. I wish the band would maintain the same mood throughout the whole tune. The shift at the end of the track into the different mood, ending with simple noise, doesn't work for me at all.

Anonymous said...

By the way, the tune can be purchased through the Apple music store for 99 cents. Nice to be able to send something back to the band.

Anonymous said...

this song is so beautiful and it fits the video perfectly...
i wish i could carry this song with me always.
unfortunately, the file for download on this site cannot be found anymore.. can anybody please put it back up?

Anonymous said...

The full screen version is available at this link.
http://www.electricpig.net/
Cheers, Albanyjohn

GR said...

For anyone interested... I've tracked down some additional information about the song lyrics and the track where the vocal sample originated..

Song Name: It Amazes Me
Artist Name: Blossom Dearie
Album: Once Upon a Summertime
Songwriters: Carolyn Leigh, Cy Coleman
Release Date: 1958.09.13
Label: Verve