Nerina Pallot’s one-take video for ‘Man Didn’t Walk On The Moon’ is an impressive watch

It’s a damn good track too

Nerina Pallot’s new video, ‘Man Didn’t Walk On The Moon’, taken from her upcoming new album Stay Lucky (releasing on 13th October), is an impressive technical achievement that was shot in just one take. The track is pretty amazing too!

‘Man Didn’t Walk On The Moon’ is the sublime new single from Nerina Pallot, released August 11th on Idaho Records and available now as an instant grat with pre-orders of the Brit and Ivor Novello Award nominated musician’s new album ‘Stay Lucky’, due for release on October 13.

“While making the new album I went on a heavy nostalgia trip and it got me thinking about the records I was into as a teenager, and how I’d make mixtapes to impress the latest boy I had noticed at the roller disco,” says Pallot of ‘Man Didn’t Walk On The Moon’, which sounds like a soulful reboot of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’. “It was really simple back then. You didn’t care about a boy’s prospects or whether he might be great father material and could promise you a semi-detached in Zone 2. Could he recite the track listing of the latest Cure album verbatim? Did he have an electric guitar and pin arty postcards up in his room? Yes? Then you were snogging him. This is what I was trying to condense into three and a half minutes.”

The accompanying video was directed by acclaimed short film-maker James Webber and was shot in one-take.

Her sixth album, ‘Stay Lucky’ was written and produced by Pallot and recorded over two weekends at London’s RAK studios. The speed belies the lovely, unhurried expansiveness of an album that is, truly and deeply, her most personal, most warmly emotional album yet. Pallot plays piano, analogue synthesiser, guitar and percussion, and is joined by musicians including Bernard Butler (guitar on ‘Bring Him Fire’, ‘Come Back To Bed’ and ‘All Gold’), Markus Feehily(backing vocals on ‘Bird’, ‘Man Didn’t Walk On The Moon’ and ‘Come Into My Room’) and Rod Thomas AKA Bright Light Bright Light (BV’s on ‘Stay Lucky’ and ‘All Gold’). The core group on the album are from Michael Kiwanuka’s touring band – Steve Pringle on keys, Alex Bonfanti on bass and Lewis Wright on drums.

Sonically, ‘Stay Lucky’ speaks to the Serge and Charlotte Gainsbourg records (notably the latter’s second album, ‘5.55’, which featured Air), big influences for the quarter-French Pallot. Lyrically, it’s a wish for the future, a shaft of positivity beaming out into the world. That, she acknowledges, is why it’s the album title.

“You know, last year was such a fucking weird year,” she sighs. “People were dying left, right and centre, the political system was so fucked up…” 

But rather than rage in the new songs she was writing, she found solace. Pallot found herself thinking back to reading The Wasteland at university. Her tutor pointed out that in times of war, “when shit goes down, people are more inclined to get pissed and shag than they are to take to the streets, because you just want to anaesthetise yourself. So that’s kind of my feel.”

“Basically, it’s my death and shagging record,” she concludes. “That I hope people will get high and shag to, but hopefully not die while doing so!”

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Updated: Aug 11, 2017

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