The Chemical Brothers are about to enter the visual album pantheon with the release of their next album, Further. They're working with Adam Smith and Marcus Lyall to create 8 individual "films" that correspond with the songs on the album.
Visual experience seem to be gaining ground these days, as the recent Animal Collective release of ODDSAC has proven, plus take a look at these performances from the recent Ultra Music Festival to see how the combination of sight and sound can amplify the musical experience.
Maybe it's just the next evolutionary step in trying to make the magic of the live electronic performance come to life outside of the live show. Hey! That would mean that The Chemical Brothers are trying to take it Further ... maybe that's where the album title came from.
Adam Smith is no stranger the world of The Chemical Brothers, having worked with the band on their live performance visuals for over a decade. He's also worked with The Streets, Goldie Lookin' Chain and Lady Sovereign. Marcus Lyall worked on parts of the Chems 2008 world tour. The films will be part of a DVD package and the iTunes version of Further. Next stop, Sundance!
Further will be released on June 7th in the UK on Freestyle Dust & Parlophone and June 8th in the U.S. via Freestyle Dust & Astralwerks. It will be their seventh studio album.
"Voice samples and snatches of vocals are woven through tracks to create a record that ebbs and flows like one of the band's legendary live sets. Here, West Coast power pop harmonies sit beside German Motorik rhythms while Valentines-esque sonic manipulations plane across the top of early house basslines," reads the announcement from the Chemical Brothers.