Reunited brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll drop new track ‘End is Nigh’ from their upcoming LP ‘Monsters Exist’ out Sept 14. This follows singles ‘Tiny Foldable Cities’, ‘P.H.U.K.’ (via COS Origins) and Steve Dub’s remix ‘P.H.U.K.U’ (via Mixmag).
The accompanying video for “End is Nigh” illustrates our subjective view of the world from doom mongering to a rose-tinted escape from reality.
Felix Green (director) explains:
“For this music video I wanted to take the phrase “The End Is Nigh” and look at it as a timeless expression. Humanity has been predicting the end of civilisation since the beginning of civilisation. The solar eclipse of May 1st 1185, for example, was documented as being a message from God prophesying trouble. “The End is Nigh” is certainly making a comeback in today’s vernacular, mainly due to the seemingly imminent dangers we face from climate change and our reckless leaders (the Doomsday clock in 2018 currently sits at 2 minutes to midnight).”
Paul Hartnoll adds:
“It’s a fab slice of techno folk horror. The beautiful people are looking for meaning in nature but can it really be found? When they think they have it they run towards an idea with an unknowable conclusion, charging with gay abandon towards a drop that means certain doom. Can an ideal be pursued at any cost? The end is nigh for some who run towards the unknown …”
‘Monsters Exist’ is a more classically structured Orbital album than their previous release ‘Wonky’, drawing inspiration from the international political landscape all the way back from Paul and Phil’s pre-rave squat-punk roots right up to the volatile tensions and erratic rhetoric of today.
Legendary dance outfit Orbital have made a hard-hitting new video about the current situation in Britain today to accompany their hypnotic new single “P.H.U.K.” The video features searing images such as scenes of police brutality, poverty and the shell of the Grenfell Tower, juxtaposed with the latest billionaire flats at the Battersea Power Station development in London.
One half of the revered techno duo Paul Hartnoll said of the video: “It’s a snapshot of the state of Britain today, where opulence and poverty rub shoulders amidst the chaos, a disparity that can be transposed to many other nations. But as Leonard Cohen once said, light shines through the cracks, so it’s not all bad! Please Help UK? You decide…”
Video director Felix Green was inspired by the cyclical, mesmerising and relentless techno melody: “The track lends itself to highlighting some of the ironies, dissonances and juxtapositions present in UK politics and culture. It may look like we’re all totally P.H.U.K.’d but it’s actually not all doom and gloom…. we do have dancing policemen.”
‘P.H.U.K.’ drops today, June 29 – the same day Orbital headline a home town show at Brighton Racecourse. This is the second single from their forthcoming album, ‘Monsters Exist,’ which is due for release on September 14 via ACP Recordings.The songs contained on ‘Monsters Exist’ demonstrate why Orbital have remained Britain’s giants of electronic music.