Sensory Disturbia: A Listen to Supernormal by Everything Everything
Updated: Mar 16
On the molten, fluorescent land of Disturbia, you can not tear your wide eyes away, not for a second. You may or may not want to, but you can not. In a jolt of a release, boundary pushers Everything Everything teleports you to a post-human feast of disgust with the pairing of video and track Supernormal. Conception occurred when other compositions were fashioned for the 2020 album Re-Animator, but this one, destined for other things, it seems, for he does not fit with his peers; he has gone it alone.
Some folk bake, some learn French, others, such as lead singer Jon Higgs, spend their newfound time in lockdown losing themselves in digital animation. Succeeding other tinkerings for videos In Birdsong, Planets and Arch Enemy, self-taught details accumulated through the Blender, Mixamo, and MakeHuman programmes to orchestrate the most daring footage yet. He evaluates,
"At this point, I’d learned texturing, modelling, rigging, animating, how virtual cameras and lights work, so the path to creating Supernormal was a matter of putting it all together, alongside some new experiments in physics simulations." Adding, "I adjusted and experimented until I saw things that excited or disgusted me, then repeated the process over and over again until I was satisfied.”
Usually, satisfaction is derived from the interpretation of a stone, but this? This stumps you thoroughly. A cybernetic revolt of grotesque pugnacious characters is enforced on the mind, free from the bounds of clothing, but not for a profound artistic reason: Higgs was not gratified with the threads on offer; it does act as a supplement to the intrigue. Aggression present, the attack of the song comes from a conversation of intensity, "My heart is beating out my chest (come out and fight me like a man)", but is softened at the bridge by their signature guitar and submission to temptation.
Blood soaked figures, eyeballs for heads, Thatcher on drums, bursts of imagery come at you in the warped reality not intended for a comprehensive study, yet the violent excessiveness is hard to miss and propelled by the thrashing beat and bass. 'Get bigger' repeats in a spine-tingling section where synths cut through the shoulder blades on an opulent Electroma desert, saturated in a golden hue, uncovering a giant baby in the haze inspired by the niece of Jon.
From the unsteady camera work to colours that dazzle to speed, the senses are awoken and let in a heap on the floor after, exposing our overstimulated existence and instinctual weaknesses in modern life. Everything Everything has flashed our human traits and triumphed because, as per, they are god damn right.
See Everything Everything live in 2022:
Mar 30 | Tramshed, Cardiff
Mar 31 | Rock City, Nottingham
Apr 1 | O2 Academy Leeds
Apr 2 | Newcastle University
Apr 4 | SWG3 Galvanisers, Glasgow
Apr 5 | O2 Academy Liverpool
Apr 7 | Waterfront, Norwich
Apr 8 | Manchester Academy
Apr 9 | O2 Academy Birmingham
Apr 11 | O2 Academy Bristol
Apr 12 | Brighton Dome
Apr 13 | The Roundhouse, London
Apr 16 | Academy, Dublin
Article by Beverley Knight