Five long years had passed until the The Chemical Brothers graced us with a new album, Born In the Echoes, last July. Encompassing a welcomed mix of their usual electronic-house sound, “Wide Open” is the last track featured on the album and the fourth single. And we rejoice in the fact that this music video does not disappoint. It keeps with the same futuristic theme as the previously released music videos–“Go” (directed by the king of trippy scenes, Michel Gondry) and the Mad Max-esque, “Sometimes I Feel So Deserted.”
“Wide Open” is a dreamy one-shot scene inside a sparse warehouse featuring Sonoya Mizuno–professional dancer, model, and, recently, mute AI servant from Ex Machina–dancing. Watch in awe as she dips and sways away from her human skin to reveal a white lattice-like mesh for bones. From Radiohead’s music video for “Lotus Flower,” choreographer Wayne McGregor joined The Chemical Brothers to produce an array of complementary contemporary movement. This mega-talent in the dance scene is also the resident choreographer for The Royal Ballet, head of his own contemporary company, Random Dance, and a popular TED-Talk alumni/science and tech junkie. The combined direction of Dom & Nic–a creative duo well versed in a handful of stimulating commercials–and artistry of The Mill–a precise VFX & Creative Content studio–adds that extra touch of sublime digital beauty (If you’re a fan of this collaboration, be sure to browse around their individual websites for an expanded visual feast). And, finally, there’s Beck and his voice looming around this track, calmly dispatching good vibes and tranquil wisdom.
Do yourself a favor and listen to the entire album right away! And leave a comment below with all of those moving human feelings!
Image and video courtesy The Chemical Brothers VEVO