Everything Everything’s latest single ‘Arch Enemy’ was premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World on Radio 1 and quickly picked up attention from NME, Pitchfork, Dork, DIY and The Independent. The song is now set for a second wave of attention as the band share its official video.
Having created the recent video for ‘In Birdsong’, Everything Everything frontman Jonathan Higgs delved further into his new-found animation skills to create this visual. Deep under the heart of the city, an ever-swelling fatberg expands at an ominous pace until it explodes and floods upwards through the sewage system. The congealed mass then submerges the city, swamping everything in its wake.
The video presents a playful and nightmarish take on the song’s narrative, in which a modern-day protagonist prays to a sentient fatberg and wills it to purge the decadent world above that has created it.
Higgs commented, “I made this video together with an old school friend, with whom I used to draw the most insane and grotesque things. We let our imagination run wild to bring the fatberg to life and create a world of friendly horror.”
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Both ‘Arch Enemy’ and ‘In Birdsong’ will feature on Everything Everything’s fifth album Re-Animator, which will be released on 21 August on CD, vinyl, cassette and digital formats.
The band’s approach to the album was to streamline the creative process by focusing on harmonies and melodies over synths and programming. The inspiration came thick and fast: wonderment at the wider world despite the horror of its politics; existentialism and 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 awaits.
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.