Massive Attack have released a new EP, Eutopia.
The record, which arrives as the band’s first since the release of 2016 effort Ritual Spirit, has been inspired by Thomas More’s 16th-century book Utopia and is comprised of a three-track audiovisual effort.
The new material was recorded in three different cities during the health crisis lockdown and has been delivered with some typically impressive visuals.
“Lockdown exposed the best aspects and worst flaws of humanity,” the band said in a statement. “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.”
Adding: “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 and practical need to build something better. In this sense, Eutopia is the opposite of spelling mistake.”
See the visuals, below.