You may not know him by name, but Dave Sardy is the brains behind many of your favorite records, producing everyone from LCD Soundsystem to Nine Inch Nails to Johnny Cash to Rage Against the Machine, as well as a slew of film scores, most notably the Zombielands, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, and the severely underrated Spider-man 3 pseudo-soundtrack. But over the past couple of years, Sardy has been teaming up with individual songwriters to release singles under the moniker Unequal, or ≠, including a song with Son Little and one with The Black Angels’ Alex Maas.
Yesterday we got a third taste of the project—a moody black-and-white video scored by Sardy’s Zimmer-esque brass and Mondo Cozmo’s R&B vocals. “This is the sound playing in my head when storm surge is washing away neighborhoods and highways and walls of flame are closing in from all directions, and news keeps broadcasting mindless tweets,” Sardy shared in a press release this morning. That about sums it up.
“Sardy is a legend to me,” Cozmo adds, praising the producer. “I was honored to do this with him. This is easily the best sounding thing I’ve ever done. His level of production is something I can’t wrap my head around. Really humbled to be a part of this song and I think my vocals sound rad.”
It’s still unclear whether we’ll be seeing an album from Unequal, as it seems to be more of an arts collective manifesto than a musical project (in their own words: “Music and Art collective from the online banking community”). For now, watch “Take Me Away” below.