The video for Autre Ne Veut’s new single “Panic Room” is an a cappella version of the song. Autre Ne Veut (aka Arthur Ashin) walks in front of a panel of three people and unceremoniously starts singing against a black background. Even though he’s putting all he has into the performance, eventually a panel member puts a stop to it and Ashin slinks off into the darkness, the audition a flop.
The video was meant to call up the anxieties artists can have when they’re performing in public, and was inspired by a Swedish Idol audition. The panel is actually Autre Ne Veut’s manager, his sister, and Pitchfork writer Ian Cohen. Ashin’s sister is the one who stops his performance.
Watch the video below.
Listen to the non-a cappella stream of “Panic Room”:
Autre Ne Veut’s latest album “Age of Transparency” follows his critically acclaimed 2013 album “Anxiety” and is a fusion of alt R&B, jazz and electronic sounds. The album’s title is also apparently a marketing phrase — a way to sell things.
According to Ashin:
“I’ve been listening to jazz since I was a kid and wanted to experiment with it. For me, it taps into this comforting and antiquated image of the truth.”
Autre Ne Veut’s “Age of Transparency” is out Oct. 2 on Downtown Records, and he’ll be touring with GEMS next month.
U.S. Tour Dates
Fri Oct 09 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour*
Sat Oct 10 – San Francisco, CA – Social Hall SF*
Mon Oct 12 – Portland, OR – Star Theater*
Tue Oct 13 – Seattle, WA – Barboza*
Fri Oct 16 – Denver, CO – Los Lake*
Sun Oct 18 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall*
Tue – Oct 20 – Toronto, ON – The Hoxton*
Wed Oct 21 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle*
Thu Oct 22 – Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs*
Fri Oct 23 – Washington, CD – U Street Music Hall*
Mon Oct 26 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom*