“The Darkness That You Fear” is the brand new single of the English electronic music duo The Chemical Brothers, which was just released today, Friday, April 23rd! The new track marks their first single since the album “No Geography” was released in 2019. It’s a work built on “a dizzy psychedelic whirlpool”, as advanced in a statement by Universal Music, which describes the piece as “the sound equivalence to the light at the end of the tunnel” and “a rush of hope”.
‘The Darkness That You Fear’ is a hopeful piece of music. When we found the combination of the different voices worked set to the flow of the music it made us feel optimistic like it was something we wanted to share. – Tom Rowlands
The video is directed by Ruffmercy: “When I first heard the song I immediately connected with the theme and the overall positive vibe. New government rules for relaxing lockdown had been announced and combined with the sun shining, it left me feeling positive about the forthcoming summer. It also triggered a strong sense of nostalgia that led to me going back to look for visual inspiration from the period in time when I first discovered The Chemical Brothers in the mid-’90s. The video combines archive rave footage from the mid to late ’90s with hand-painted Super 8 film textures and hand-drawn animation. I love using color to create chaos and evoke emotions and this was the perfect project to do that.”
Producer: The Chemical Brothers
Associated Performer, Programming, Studio Personnel, Engineer, Mixer: Tom Rowlands
Associated Performer, Programming: Ed Simons
Studio Personnel, Engineer, Mixer: Steve “Dub” Jones
Studio Personnel, Mastering Engineer: Mike Marsh
Composer Lyricist: Tom Rowlands
Composer Lyricist: Ed Simons
Composer Lyricist: Willie J. Ellison
Formed by Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons in Manchester in 1989, the duo has been pioneering in bringing a big beat to the forefront and has exposed it to a wider audience. Back in March of this year, they released a dub mix for Sonos Radio.
The Chemical Brothers have also confirmed that they will perform at the Creamfields festival, to be held in the English county of Chesire next August.