Everything Everything have today digitally released their new track ‘Mercury & Me’ and its accompanying video. The track is part of on an exclusive 10” vinyl release for Record Store Day, alongside previous single ‘Supernormal’, and Foals’ remix of ‘Big Climb’ and IOE AIE’s remix of ‘Black Hyena’ - both originally from the band’s critically acclaimed 2020 album RE-ANIMATOR.
RE-ANIMATOR charted at #5 in the Official Albums Chart - the band’s joint-highest charting position equalling 2013’s Arc and 2017’s Get To Heaven - with many hailing the band’s visionary cocktail of intricate experimentation and immediately accessible art-pop.
The ‘Mercury & Me’ video, which premiered last night, was created by Everything Everything’s Jonathan Higgs, who commented: “The video was made in 3D using motion capture, and was my first attempt at capturing a live performance and recreating it in software. I tried to make an atmosphere that reflected the starkness of the song.” Watch the ‘Mercury & Me’ video - BELOW:
Everything Everything’s fifth album RE-ANIMATOR was created in two stages. A year of writing and demoing was followed by two weeks of recording at RAK last December with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten, David Byrne). He complimented the band’s back-to-basics nature by encouraging them to record quickly and decisively. It’s a looser, organic sound that heightens their focus on the fundamentals of songwriting.
Inspiration came thick and fast: wonderment at the wider world despite the horror of its politics; existentialism, the prolonged, if fading, the youthfulness of being in a touring band; and the ominous threat of climate change. All things which contribute to a sense of one door closing while another stands ajar.
Everything Everything celebrated the release of the album by playing two innovative virtual reality concert events. The ‘Everything Everything: Virtual RE-ANIMATOR shows heralded a new standard in the world of interactive music events. The band’s set was complemented by a range of visual elements, drawing on the video content and aesthetic of the RE-ANIMATOR campaign, as well as aspects that were inspired by their first four albums. Fans also embraced its interactive real-time experiences, which allowed them to meet the band and other fans, wear virtual merch and even fly around the virtual amphitheatre environment.
RE-ANIMATOR follows 2017’s ‘A Fever Dream’, which debuted at #5 on the Official UK Albums Chart. It was nominated for the Mercury Prize as well as two Ivor Novello Awards, and the band celebrated by playing their biggest headline show to date at London’s Alexandra Palace.