Massive Attack take on the state of the world with new EP ft. Algiers, Saul Williams, Young Fathers
Trip hop legends Massive Attack have released a new visual EP, Eutopia, which follows last year's Mezzanine tour and contains their first new music in four years. It's got three songs with a very cool guest artist on each one -- Algiers, Saul Williams, and Young Fathers -- plus spoken word by three political speakers: Christiana Figueres, Guy Standing, and Gabriel Zucman. The visuals were made by Mario Klingemann.
It was created during the pandemic, and it directly takes on everything going on in the world right now. The band says:
Lockdown exposed the best aspects and worst flaws of humanity. That period of uncertainty and anxiety forced us to meditate on the obvious need to change the damaging systems we live by. By working with three experts, we’ve created a sonic and visual dialogue around these global, structural issues; taking the form of climate emergency, tax haven extraction and Universal Basic Income.
The spirit of this EP, its elements and ideas have nothing to do with naïve notions of an ideal, perfect world, and everything to do with the urgent & practical need to build something better. In this sense, Eutopia is the opposite of spelling mistake.
Watch/listen to all three videos below: