The Chemical Brothers have announced a new album – Further – to be released June 7th:
It starts with what sounds like an alien morse code transmission; Earth bound signals bouncing off the side of orbiting space debris. Snatches of voices found out in the ether cut through the machine fog, drifting across burbling analogue equipment lovingly kept working long after supposed sell-by date.
By the time the click and thump of snare and bass drum arrive, the sounds are all-encompassing, swirling around you with dizzying, disorientating effect. Noises come untethered by constraints of volume, seemingly leaping from the speakers with a life of their own.
For a band used to dealing in psychedelics, this time round The Chemical Brothers have really pushed the proverbial envelope.
The Chemical Brothers will their seventh studio album, “Further”, in June 2010. This album is the band’s first to be released with corresponding films made specifically to match each of the 8 audio tracks.
As well as an eight-track album, “Further” is the band’s first proper partnership with long-time visuals collaborators Adam Smith and Marcus Lyall. Now as respected TV and film director (recently having completed the first episode of the forthcoming series of Doctor Who) Adam – aka Flat Nose George – has been responsible for creating the visual backdrop for every Chemical Brothers gig since their live debut in 1994. Visuals for “Further” have been created to correspond with each track on the album and have been planned during the recording of the record.
The band’s four shows running from the 20th – 23rd May at the Roundhouse (which sold out in record time) and gigs at Sonar Festival and selected festivals in Europe will see the band play the album and Smith and Lyall’s new films in their entirety. These will only be seen in sequence at those gigs. The Roundhouse shows will be the first chance to hear the album anywhere. After the gigs, the films will feature on a special edition DVD release and on iTunes LP.