It has now been 22 years since Massive Attack released their critically acclaimed album ‘Mezzanine’, but with the release of their new audio-visual EP, they have proven that they are still at the cutting edge of music. This features collaborations with Young Fathers, Saul Williams and Algiers who all feature on the three tracks.
The project was recorded in three different cities around the world, which comes across in the feel of the three songs. It is also accompanied by three different videos which have trippy visuals that suit the band down to the ground. As of now, the EP has only been released on YouTube and is yet to be put on Apple Music just yet. This is something I hope is rectified in the near future.
— Massive Attack (@MassiveAttackUK) July 10, 2020
This has now marked the end of their six year run without a new release and, personally, I think the wait was worth it. This is testament to the quality of the work they put out. During the songs, there are monologues highlighting some of the troubles surrounding the world right now. These include; Global warming, tax evasion and Universal Basic Income. Being titled ‘Eutopia’ but including topics like that highlights the juxtaposition between the songs and the perception you have when starting to listen.
This is not an unheard of concept as Frank Ocean released a full length album that was only released in video format. Massive Attack have now joined the select group of artists who have transcended the music constraints and have now melded their music with the video genre.
This will go down as one of the bands most important releases as it now shows the band have looked beyond the confines of music and enjoyed what they saw. Already boasting at least three iconic albums, another addition will be met with open arms.
Since the early 90’s, Massive Attack have proven that they are a force to be reckoned with and, after six years away from the limelight, they have again shown no signs of relenting. Already earmarked to down as legends, if they keep producing quality music after 29 years then there will be no doubt over this. Hopefully they release this EP onto streaming services first though. Depriving fans of an official release of this would not be a smart move.