God, I miss dancing and being irrevocably filled with joy. Don’t you? It feels like eons since it was even a possibility to giddily flail your limbs amongst sweaty strangers on the dance floor. Well, the latest single from legendary electronic music duo of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simon, a.k.a. The Chemical Brothers, attempts to wake up that distant feeling. “‘The Darkness That You Fear’ is a hopeful piece of music,” Rowlands said in a statement. “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.”
The accompanying visual was made by Bristol-based director Ruffmercy, who explained he immediately connected to the positivity the track radiated. “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 ’90’s. The video combines archive rave footage from the mid to late 90’s with hand painted Super 8 film textures and hand drawn animation. I love using colour to create chaos and evoke emotions and this was the perfect project to do that,” he said.
Experience it below.