The Chemical Brothers present a dystopian wasteland of oil-guzzling and decaying limbs in their hypnotic clip for “Sometimes I Feel So Deserted,” a single from their eighth LP, Born in the Echoes. The video – directed by Ninian Doff – gives off a Mad Max-meets-Walking Dead vibe, as a pair of zombie-like cyborgs wander the desert and square off against a crew of men in a cargo van. The track, meanwhile, features a soulful croon over throbbing synthesizers.
Born in the Echoes, the British duo’s first album in five years, features a crew of high-profile guest performers – including Beck, Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Cat Le Bon, saxophonist Colin Stetson and Q-Tip.
The group recently spoke to Rolling Stone about the creative energy behind their long-awaited new LP. “There was a definite sense of, ‘Shall we do this again?'” said Tom Rowlands. “I’m always making music. I’ll get up in the morning and go to the studio; that’s how I like to spend my day. But that’s different than thinking, ‘Right, let’s make a record.’ [Member] Ed [Simons] and I talked about it and decided that this is only worth doing when you’ve really got something that you want to do. We wanted to make a record that would fit alongside the other records we’ve made, and we both felt that there was another good Chemical Brothers album in us.”
Rowlands also emphasized the group’s passion for psychedelic music, including touchstones like the Beatles.
“‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ has been a touchstone for us for years,” he said. “It’s kind of like a reset in life. That record is one of the most out-there records you’ll ever hear but also one of the great pop records. It’s kind of easy to make freak-out extravagance, or unfocused jams, which is what a lot of psychedelic music is. But [‘Tomorrow’] is the most other thing you’ll hear and also the most catchy. That’s genius to me. It would be a losing game to try and just copy it because it’s a unique piece of music. But it’s an inspirational kick you have every so often, of what music could be. You hear it and you think to keep pushing on, keep trying something new.”