We already knew Woodkid as a bridge between the old and the new world. Not only because the young 30-something Frenchman has already collaborated with some of pop culture’s shining lights - from Lana Del Rey to Drake, Rihanna and Pharrell. But also because he’s one of the rare artists to consider the transversality of all disciplines that fascinate him, not pushing himself to decide between them but embracing his all-encompassing curiosity.
Contemporary dance - collaborating with famous choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for a sumptuous, silvery piece. Fashion - a faithful, prolific, inspired partnership with one of the greatest talents in the profession, Nicolas Ghesquiere at Louis Vuitton. Film, of course - producing the score for Jonas Cuaron's film Desierto or lending his music to Steven Spielberg and Xavier Dolan. Photography and the plastic arts - continuing his dialogue with artist JR for the New York City Ballet... Top all this off with an intimate passion for gastronomy and we’re finally starting to comprehend the myriad of pleasures that make him tick.
It took just one album, The Golden Age, for him to make his musical and visual mark, securing success with public and critics alike. Now, after five meticulous years of concentration, experimentation and reflection, Woodkid is going even further in his making of worlds - to use Nelson Goodman's expression - worlds of solidarity that are his alone. Through his new album, Woodkid questions the notion of scale, from infinitely large to infinitely small, the balance of forces between human and industrial, and the idea of collective and individual responsibility for creating a world on the verge of breakdown.
The new album, was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, Berlin, Paris, Los Angeles and Iceland, also calling upon Tokyo’s Suginami Junior Chorus to find just the right opening for one particular passage. Its name alluding to the chemical symbol and atomic number for sulphur in physics, new album questions matter itself; what are our cells, our hearts made of? Where is the boundary between reality and fiction? Sulphur is, indeed, an essential element for living things, but liable to burst into flames. Like the ardent suffering stoked by music, which can then soothe, like being wrapped in a hug.
Accompanying us with his powerful, warm, reassuring voice laid bare, Woodkid leans, as always, towards the symphonic, the making of an entire intimate universe. The album is a reflection of the times on a global scale: moving and human. In Les Rayons et les Ombres, Victor Hugo writes: “The mind of man has three keys which open everything: the number, the letter, the note. Know, think, dream. Everything is here.”
The adventure continues…