Everything Everything’s recent singles ‘Arch Enemy’ and ‘In Birdsong’ has set the tone for the August 21st release of their fifth album RE-ANIMATOR. Buoyed by weighty concepts, their intricate leftfield pop has been heralded with Radio 1 airplay for both tracks plus support from 6 Music, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Independent, Pitchfork and more. They now share their new track ‘Planets’ along with its official video.
It’s a slow-burning counterpoint to the previous singles, a heady concoction of celestial synths, off-kilter rhythms and esoteric lyrics that demand further investigation. In keeping with the recent tracks, ‘Planets’ also hits the sweet spot between the band’s inimitable style and a new-found directness in their songwriting.
Frontman Jonathan Higgs commented, “‘Planets’ is a song about calling out to be loved, feeling unworthy and finding the love of the universe instead.”
The accompanying video focuses on a chimpanzee lost within an existential dilemma: if the universe is so unfathomably huge, how can one primate come to terms with his relative insignificance? There are no grand revelations, just the awareness that living in the moment - and especially singing - is as close as he gets. It’s a light-hearted metaphor for a question that lies out of mankind’s grasp.
As with the videos for ‘Arch Enemy’ and ‘In Birdsong’, the ‘Planets’ visual was directed by Higgs during the lockdown. The situation has consistently fuelled his creativity, as he once again uses self-taught techniques (spectral rendering, rudimentary DIY puppetry) to create an engaging and individualistic visual.
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‘Planets’, ‘Arch Enemy’ and ‘In Birdsong’ will all feature on Everything Everything’s fifth album RE-ANIMATOR. The album will be available on CD, vinyl, cassette and digital formats, and is available to pre-order HERE.
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, 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.