Ora The Molecule's “When Earth Took A Breath (Are You There?)” depicts our relationship with the natural world. Filmed with a full spectrum camera, plants and trees appear in unfamiliar colours - the sea of red pulsating like alarm bells as we’re reminded of our planet’s climate and biodiversity emergency.
Directed by Lambert Grand, the cinematic visuals follow a pair of nameless twins’ journey as they escape the concrete confinements of their surrounding imprisonment. More questions are raised than answered, casting the track in a nervous, apocalyptic energy as the viewer fears for the safety of the young protagonists.
Inspired by Ora The Molecule's lead vocalist Nora’s recurring childhood dream of being chased by a celestial spirit, the track is led by this deep-rooted anxiety. “One night I realised that it was a dream,” she explains, “so I turned around and spoke to the ghost. He then disappeared, I woke up and I never had the dream again, as if confronting him broke the illusion, and that he could only exist as long as I feared him.”
Ora The Molecule consists of an international convergence in LA: vocalist Nora, drummer Sju and synth player Jan all sharing a mutual love for dance music and the pioneering instrumentation of Kraftwerk. The frenetic synth patterns build with a ferocious, insurmountable energy, fearfully asking the question: “Are you there?”