The legendary Clan of Xymox has announced the first single from their forthcoming eighteenth studio album, the B-side to their aptly-named Brave New World, and its b-side Lockdown, are a quick turnaround of new material following the band’s 2020 full-length album Spider On The Wall, a record whose touring efforts was interrupted due to the unfolding of the current global pandemic.
The video for the single Lockdown features frontman Ronny Moorings aimlessly wandering desolate urban and forest landscapes, interspersed with unsettling scenes of isolation, forms of plastic as masks to ward off disease, and drone shots of abandoned factories. It is bleak and dystopian, but still ripe with great emotion. The video’s special effects bring an almost satirical level to existence under Covid-19 lockdown: as Hollywood churns out nonstop blockbuster action movies, seeing the monotonous existential reality of the pandemic given a comic book treatment is a fascinating twist. Discarded masks, lonely bus rides, Ronny’s quiet solitary walks in empty streets – all elevated to superhero status.
Watch Lockdown below:
You can stream the single Lockdown here, as well as order the album on Bandcamp. Included with the release are several remixes, including one by Matte Blvck (read our interview with the band here).
Listen to our retrospective interview with frontman Ronny Moorings below:
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