Manic Street Preachers have shared a video for their new single ‘Complicated Illusions’ – you can watch it below.
‘Complicated Illusions’ is described by the group as “the battle between chaos and calm with a gliding majestic lyrical flow – leaning towards More Than This era-Roxy – Bowie’s Lodger – peak pop Echo and the Bunnymen.”
Released alongside a hazy set of visuals created by Kieran Evans, the filmmaker said of the track: “I’ve always felt the track feels like an epic soundtrack to an as yet made film so I’ve gone for a visual/lyric type affair using a similar aesthetic / approach to a lot of Netflix type title sequences using minimal / small type over multi-layered imagery.”
You can watch the video for ‘Complicated Illusions’ below:
Manic Street Preachers are currently in the middle of a UK tour which continues at O2 Academy Bournemouth tonight (October 10). See the band’s remaining dates below.
11 – Corn Exchange, Cambridge
13 – Bath Forum, Bath
14 – Brighton Dome, Brighton
1 – Venue Cymru Arena, Llandudno
3 – SSE Arena Wembley, London
In a four-star review of ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’, NME‘s Patrick Clarke wrote: “It’s an album of dramatic piano flourishes and rushes of guitar; of old-school duets (with Mark Lanegan and Sunflower Bean’s Julia Cumming respectively) and soaring power-pop choruses. Much of the album’s brilliance emerges when Wire’s intense introspection is filtered through this now-faded glamour.”
“When I listen to ‘Nevermind’, I just think: ‘My God – it’s just fucking amazing’,” Bradfield told NME. ‘Lithium’ is the one I love. You hear that song and you just know that the band are all looking at each other and swinging, saying, ‘We know how to do this’.
“It’s a beautiful moment where you know everything clicks. [Manics] had that on ‘The Holy Bible’, and just knew that we had it in the bag with the way that we were playing in the studio.”
He added: “I was jealous of ‘Nevermind’ for a long time, and always will be. A truly great rock record is one of the hardest things to achieve.”