"Is this a new beginning?"
Enter Shikari are set to drop a video for 'The Great Unknown', the opening track from their latest album 'Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible', TOMORROW.
The band have one again joined forces with director Polygon, who helped create the visual for 'The Dreamer's Hotel', to make the clip, and it sounds like it's going to be an absolute epic.
Polygon had this to say about its creation:
"'The Great Unknown' is an invitation for viewers to dive into a futuristic and gloomy world, where high-end buildings mix with gigantic holograms. The concept of the video is to create a parallel between the state we’re all in at the moment and an ultra pessimistic vision of the world… It seems like there is no redemption nor glimmer of hope in this massive city, but even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise. I’m really happy with the result of this video and I hope people will enjoy it.
It’s truly amazing working with the band and management for they’ve always been supportive of these kind of ideas and always been giving me total freedom regarding the direction and execution of what are at first silly lines on a notepad or badly drawn doodles. I’ll forever be thankful for all the opportunities the band have given me."
And frontman Rou Reynolds had this to say about the song's themes:
"The Great Unknown is a song about existential dread. A song about the need for new ideas and new beginnings. I’m so glad we were able to still make a video for this song, what with the current state of affairs, and I’m glad we were able to convey the emotions intrinsic to the song with this video - our state of isolation and desolation but also determination and connection.
Yet again it was a great pleasure to work with Polygon, albeit remotely this time! I won’t forget taking directions from him on Skype, as I recorded my scenes in front of a homemade green- screen in my bedroom!"
The video will premiere at 6pm BST and the band will be online to chat all about the video, the song and everything else.
#TheGreatUnknown music video by @Polygon1993 premieres on Youtube TOMORROW (12th May).— ENTER SHIKARI (@ENTERSHIKARI) May 11, 2020
6PM(BST) / 1PM(ET) / 8PM(MSK)
(@ENTERSHIKARI will be on Youtube 15mins prior to get involved. answer questions. all that).
set reminder & watch here https://t.co/9t44gwnbAI #nothingistrue pic.twitter.com/p1M5YwaJ4C
And to give you a taste of what to expect, here's 'The Dreamer's Hotel':
'Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible' is out now via SO Recordings.
We spoke to the band about the record and it's creation in the latest issue of Rock Sound. You can get your copy from SHOP.ROCKSOUND.TV now.
Here's a little snippet for you, as Rou talks about what inspired him to want to make an album like this:
“Life is incredibly daunting, but at the same time we have the potential to fix all of the global crisis that we’re experiencing. There are all of these mammoth fears, but history shows us that human ingenuity at times of necessity is incredible.”
“I somehow remain optimistic but I’ve never wanted to just put out an optimistic album that’s just hope for hope’s sake.
I want to show realism. I want to show the detail of the fear and the dread that I think we are all feeling. I think that’s really important for Shikari. We should be the ones holding up a mirror and showing off what is actually happening in society."
He later commented on how important it feels to releasing music in a time such as the one we are all living through now...
“I feel like the best analogy is that life is this huge building site.
“It’s noisy and it’s dangerous, and art is the hardhat that we put on. It’s an extra layer of protection and it helps us to understand what’s going on and feel a bit more comfortable in the world. I think that people need music now more than ever and I think the four of us need something to focus on just as much."
You can read the full feature in the latest issue of Rock Sound. Pick up your copy from SHOP.ROCKSOUND.TV