Everything Everything's short-notice EP A Deeper Sea has landed, with four ace new tracks contained within its (actually rather un)murky depths.
Lead jam "Breadwinner" - a delirious wonkfest with a bassline that sound like the lost OST to a .GIF of someone falling down the stairs - comes with a surreal video by frontman Jonathan Higgs.
"The idea was inspired by a line in the song; 'walk into the wall like you're an NPC', an npc (non-player character) is what you call every character in a game that is controlled by the AI," explains Higgs. "Depending on the quality of the animation and coding, NPCs are quite often seen moving repetitively in loops, walking in circles, bumping into objects, or staring lifelessly out of the screen. I wanted to make myself into a really badly made character, corrupted programming trying to dance."
The Manchester-based quartet are following up fourth album A Fever Dream with the four-track release, which is out now.
"To mark the beginning of our biggest ever UK and Ireland tour in March, we simply wanted to release some new music," adds Higgs of the full release. "After reading some shocking statistics on male suicide we felt inspired to write a new song dealing with male identity and depression; 'The Mariana'. We also really wanted to release a song called 'Breadwinner', which we recorded with James Ford a year ago, but couldn't find room for on A Fever Dream. Additionally we include a brilliant remix of our song 'Ivory Tower' (from A Fever Dream), by Tom Vek, of whom we have been fans for nearly 15 years. To close, our version of 'Don't Let It Bring You Down' by Neil Young, an artist we greatly admire, which was recorded live in session at BBC Maida Vale Studios for Annie's Mac's Radio 1 Show in July 2017."