ABOVE: LITTLE FREAKY THINGS’ DONOVANS (LEFT) AND MAI LAN CHAPIRON
It’s tempting to call “Saturne,” the second offering from Parisian electro-pop duo Little Freaky Things, “enrapturing.” That adjective gets at something compelling about the sonic texture of the track itself, which combines producer Donovans’ slow, deep-house rhythms with the otherworldly vocals of Mai Lan Chapiron, whose voice might call to mind CHVRCHES‘ Lauren Mayberry or Au Revoir Simone‘s Erika Forster.
The term applies rather literally, too, to the video, a surreal, semi-animated affair dreamed up by another Parisian duo, Fanfan Modeste: “a two-man group from Paris who started as absurd comics writers,” according to Donovans. It depicts, at first, a series of genderless souls ascending to heaven in a manner a little reminiscent of our favorite Angels in America monologue—a peaceful image that soon pans down, Marco Brambilla-style, to reveal the devastation that occasioned it.
“‘Saturne’ is [Fanfan Modeste]’s very first music video and contains many of their own drawings and pictures; they actually appear in the kitchen!” Donovans explains. “It gives an incredible ‘plongée onirique dans l’absurde,’ as they say.” We’d like to humbly suggest the video’s repurposement for the opening credits of HBO’s upcoming The Leftovers.