New Video: The Surreal 70s and 80s Found Footage-based Visuals for DBFC’s “Automatic”

Comprised of its frontmen Manchester, UK-born and Paris-based David Shaw and Paris-born and based Dombrance, along with Guilluame Rosel (percussion) and Victor Paillet (bass), the Paris-based electronic music collective DBFC emerged onto the French electronic music scene with the release of several singles through renowned indie label Her Majesty’s Ship Records last year. Building on the attention they’ve already received the collective’s latest single “Automatic,” which was recently released through Different Recordings will further cement the act’s reputation for crafting slickly produced electronic music that’s indebted to French electronic music and to Kraftwerk as the French collective’s latest single has the act pairing cascading layers of shimmering and undulating synths with a driving, motorik groove and ethereally cooed vocals bubbling up and then floating over the mix. Sonically speaking the song sounds indebted to Kraftwerk’s “Trans Europe Express” and Primal Scream‘s “Autobahn 66” — but with a subtle cosmic glow around its edges.

The recently released music video was directed by Marcos Dos Santos and as Dos Santos explains in press notes  “If man created the machine, he can not do otherwise than [in] his image. This is the utopian reflection of itself facing its own limit. So, obviously and mathematically, the man will surpass the machine until the end of the world, because the creator will always be THE machine, man’s infinite power for man.” Visually, the video employs the use of found footage from the 70s and early 80s that includes random bits of space age animation, health and science PSAs, Eastern European art films, footage of disembodied hands using old fashion synths and electronic instruments, poorly dubbed foreign films into French and other random detritus in a video that feels equally mischievous and surreal — while subtly commenting on our use and dependence on technology.