“The Girl In The Yellow Dress”: David Gilmour shows his jazzier side in this new animated video

By on October 20, 2015

Consequence of Sound have a new post up about the jazzy animated new video for David Gilmour’s “The Girl in the Yellow Dress,” from Gilmour’s new album Rattle That Lock, which we told you about here. This newly-released video — which comes on the heels of bandmate Roger Waters’s theatrically-screened Roger Waters The Wall — features Gilmour doing the lead vocals over a relatively somber cool jazz number, replete with late night sax, that seems like it came straight out of a 1940s film noir.

According to the Consequence blog, the video — fluidly animated by longtime Pink Floyd artist Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis, director Danny Madden, and co-founder of production company Ornana Films’ Benjamin Wiessner — was “inspired by the design of old French lithograph posters,” adding that “Wiessner and his team used 9,000 hand-drawn frames to illustrate a late-night rendezvous at a jazz club.”.

There’s more here.

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The jazz combo heard here is the Julian Joseph Quintet — featuring Julian Joseph (piano), Mark Mondesir (drums), Adam Salkeld (guitar), Mark Hodgson (bass) and Jean Toussaint (sax) — and Gilmour, of course, handles the lead vocals, which reveal his tender, aged voice actually fits pretty well with the tune (but we hope he doesn’t make a permanent switch over to doing a full album of smoky cabaret jazz vocals any time soon).

Gilmour was recently featured on a segment aired during theCBS This Morning TV program, and apparently it was the first in-depth interview he’s done for U.S. television in a long, long time.

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Here’s an excerpt from that CBS interview, about his songwriting process:

In the whole process of the birth of a song and the performance of a song, what’s the most thrilling part of it for you?” CBS News’ Anthony Mason asked Gilmour.

“When you realize that you have a little gem of an idea that … has — I suppose I can only say, has to me — a little taste of magic to it,” Gilmour said.

Hearing his track for the first time on the radio also excites him, he said.

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“You have this idea that there are millions, literally, of people listening to it at the same time as you and that little strange telepathy of a feeling that you’re sharing something live with all those people,” Gilmour said.

With his first solo album in nine years, Gilmour’s music is floating out over the airwaves again. “Rattle That Lock” was recorded mainly in his home studio in the English seaside town of Hove.

During his songwriting process, he first records a track without words. Then he shares it with his wife, the British novelist Polly Samson, who for 20 years now has written most of his lyrics.

“I walk for miles with [the track] on repeat in my headphones … But the more I walk with it and the more I listen to it, things just start emerging,” Samson said. “And the music is so suggestive. I mean, David speaks with the guitar.”

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Rattle That Lock — Gilmour’s fourth solo album — was released worldwide on Friday, September 18, 2015, and features five songs Gilmour wrote with his wife, novelist Polly Samson (there are two more by Gilmour himself and three instrumentals).

The album was recorded at various places, including Gilmour’s Astoria houseboat studio and in Hove, Sussex, UK, where he and Samson both live. The production chores were handled by Gilmour and Roxy Music’s Phil Manzanera, with engineering by Andy Jackson, assisted by Damon Iddins.

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Here are Samson’s lyrics to “The Girl in the Yellow Dress”:

She mesmerizes with a smile
Dark eyes as compelling as the bourbon
That girl in the canary yellow dress
Says yes

She flips a pack of cigarettes
He doesn’t smoke, but he takes one nonetheless
It helps to keep his motives true, the girl was blue
What else is the poor boy supposed to do

She bounces like a flame, clothes on her
Eyes closed
Yellow dress
Runs and swirls

It’s late, the hour’s growing horns
The band seems to draw her ever closer
This girl gets right down in the groove, grooves a move
Leads him out to where they play the blues

She dances like a flame
Has no cares, yellow-dressed flame
Eyes closed, clouds above
She shakes pearls and snakes

Too late in this folie a troix
He sees that the heart is pounding for
Big daddy who falls down to his knees, begging her please
Lifts his sax, says “here’s my little tease”

Her dancing sets the place on fire
Heaven and hell
The flames come up his spine
As she shakes pearls and snakes

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(h/t Consequence of Sound)

About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.