DTCV is a band I mostly know about because of their recent music video for their song, “Historie Seule”, which was made by Steven Soderbergh. The video, inspired by Jean-Luc Godard’s Histoire(s) du Cinema is itself a strange study.
The history presented by both Detective and Soderbergh is complex and challenging, but is just about that: history. Both approaches are difficult to understand. The lyrics because they are in French and the video because there are not many obvious links from the subject matter to the visuals.
Both parties — DTCV and Soderbergh — make you work for it. There are layers to the music of DTCV that are not at first understood, but being confused is underrated. Being confused reminds us how little we actually know. Being confused forces us to pause.
At the very least, DTCV, paired with Soderbergh’s visuals, has lead me down a few new mental avenues and made me ask a few new questions. Mainly, what is this all about?
I don’t think anyone, including DTCV or Steven Soderbergh, has any idea what this is all about, but I’m damn glad people like them are asking the questions, in what ever form those questions may come.
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