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Japanese Rockers ESPRIT D’AIR Build A New World With “Leviathan”

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Award-winning melodic rock outfit Esprit D’Air today released their new single “Leviathan”, accompanied by a music video by award-winning director Andy Mihov (Before Dawn Productions).


Crowdfunded by fans, “Leviathan” is a song about change, melancholy, and hope in a world devastated by a global pandemic.


After recently celebrating their tenth anniversary as a band with a theatrical virtual performance, Esprit D’Air are looking to capitalize on the success of their critically acclaimed debut album that saw them crowned winners in the best metal/hardcore album of 2018 at The Independent Music Awards.


Vocalist and producer Kai says of “Leviathan”: “We interpreted Leviathan as a huge power or impact beyond human power or knowledge. When we wrote this, we were thinking about how significantly our world has changed with the pandemic and how we can think positively and have hopes in tough times. Through our composition and songwriting, we tried to express lights of despair, human weakness and stupidity, and human wisdom to build a new world.”


Director Andy Mihov added “as lockdown hit, my crew and I began to see many promising projects and opportunities fall through. A lot of friends and loved ones went through tough personal tragedies. I was feeling it too. When Kai sent me the track and I heard it was immediately like ‘wow’ and I visualized that shot of the AI girl with the glowing tether in her spine.”


“I always loved how the J-rock tradition is all about lyrics and music with a lot of strong and palpable emotions. I liked the theme of hope in spite of overwhelming odds. I’m a bit of a pessimist by nature, so weirdly I’m attracted to themes and people that go against my natural instincts. I also straight away thought of the goddess Athena – a symbol of wisdom and a patron of many Greek heroes. Mythology has always been a big inspiration for my work and so have Japanese art, history, modern literature and pop culture. I knew I wanted to bring those two together. In creating the music video, I took a lot of inspiration from the work of Hideaki Anno and Masamune Shirow. We also looked to Roger Deakins and Blade Runner of course and I wanted to pay homage to those works.”


Watch “Leviathan” below:


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