Everything Everything have been known to create music that’s out of this world, and their new song “Planets” is no exception.
The band has a decade-long reputation of releasing intriguing music. Leading the charge is main vocalist, Jonathan Higgs, whose thrilling, eerie voice contains a Muse-like vigor.
The tense, synth-heavy “Planets” is laden with futuristic harmonies and opens with the assertive, if somewhat strange lyrics, “To the bigots in the bat cave/ I think some of you are permanently off my Christmas list.”
“Planets” is a track that is both bizarre and electrifying, with a chorus featuring repetitive lyrics such as “Can you love me? Can you love me? More than the planets.”
The music video fits the beguiling nature of the song perfectly. Featuring a headbanging chimp puppet (yes, you read that correctly), the visual was met with praise from fans on YouTube, with one playfully commenting, “When you’re bored in quarantine so you make a music video with a monkey puppet and a greenscreen.” Another user added, “I feel this was what the gorillas saw in their minds when they touched the monolith in 2001 A Space Odyssey.” The puppet proved so popular that some fans called for the monkey to be sold as merch.
“Planets” is the latest song that Everything Everything have released, following recent singles “In Birdsong” and “Arch Enemy.” Each of these tracks will be included on their forthcoming album, RE-ANIMATOR, which is set for release on August 21.
The band has released four albums to date, Man Alive (2010), Arc (2013), Get to Heaven (2015), and A Fever Dream (2017). In 2018 the group released a four-track EP titled A Deeper Sea. Their work has been shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize twice, and they have received five nominations for the Ivor Novello Awards. In 2019 they won Album of the Year at the Music Producers Guild Awards.