Re-Animator
Metallic, CGI models of four men, one along each edge of the square. Behind them, an orange background with the white text "Re-Animator" in all-caps repeated eight times, filling the background.
Studio album by
Released11 September 2020
Recorded2019
StudioRAK Studios, London
Length45:18
Label
  • Infinity Industries
  • AWAL
Producer
Everything Everything chronology
A Fever Dream
(2017)
Re-Animator
(2020)
Singles from Re-Animator
  1. "In Birdsong"
    Released: 23 April 2020
  2. "Arch Enemy"
    Released: 13 May 2020
  3. "Planets"
    Released: 18 June 2020
  4. "Violent Sun"
    Released: 28 July 2020

Re-Animator (stylised in all caps) is the fifth studio album by British band Everything Everything. Recorded primarily at RAK Studios in London over a two-week period in December 2019 with producer John Congleton, it was released on 11 September 2020 on Infinity Industries, the band's own imprint. The tracks "In Birdsong", "Arch Enemy", "Planets", and "Violent Sun" were released as singles throughout 2020 in support of the album.

The release of the album was initially planned for 21 August 2020, but was delayed by three weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[1][2]

Recording and production

Following the end of touring in support of previous album A Fever Dream, Everything Everything worked throughout 2019 to write and demo the material that would eventually appear on Re-Animator.[3] The album was recorded with producer John Congleton in two weeks in December 2019 at RAK Studios in Regent's Park, London.[4]

Promotion and release

In the build up to the announcement of Re-Animator, the band released a self-made video for single "In Birdsong", featuring a number of scenes created by Jonathan Higgs in open-source modelling software.[5] Higgs told NME that "In Birdsong" was not intended as the lead single for the album, though the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic meant that the track "unexpectedly emerged as the most appropriate song to reappear with".[6] The next single, "Arch Enemy", premiered on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show on 13 May 2020.[7]

Two other promotional singles for the album were released in mid-2020, "Planets" on 18 June and "Violent Sun" on 28 July.

Everything Everything originally announced that the album would be released on 21 August 2020,[8] but their plans of having a concert to celebrate the release of the album were called off as a result of COVID-19 pandemic precautions.[2] Instead, the band released the album on 11 September along with lyric videos for all individual tracks on the album and a VR concert.[1] The celebration of the concert was marred by technical issues which the band issued an apology for later the same day.[9] The album's release was followed by a Reddit AMA held by two of the band members, Jonathan Higgs and Jeremy Pritchard.

The album was released through Infinity Industries, the band's own imprint, in partnership with AWAL.[8]

Reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.9/10[10]
Metacritic84/100[11]
Review scores
SourceRating
DIY4/5 stars[12]
The Independent5/5 stars[13]
The Line of Best Fit85/100[14]
Pitchfork6.8/10[15]

The album received favourable reviews, with an 84/100 aggregate score on Metacritic indicating universal acclaim.[11]

The Independent gave the LP a perfect score, saying it is "the most assured the band have ever been".[16]

Pitchfork stated that the album's lyrics are "more direct than ever", and praised many of the different songs: "[Violent Sun] is an urgent "last chance before the night ends"-type song, and their most romantic ever. It's thrilling to hear Higgs apply his odd-but-visceral writing style to a love song: "You can barely make a silhouette out/And you open your ventriloquist mouth/And the words are wrong but in the right order." The bicameral-mind concept pops up in several songs, most notably in "The Actor," where Higgs' narrator comes to terms with the other voice in their head ("if we look the same/then I don't mind")."[15]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Everything Everything (Jonathan Higgs, Jeremy Pritchard, Alex Robertshaw, and Michael Spearman).

No.TitleLength
1."Lost Powers"3:41
2."Big Climb"3:54
3."It Was a Monstering"4:34
4."Planets"3:57
5."Moonlight"3:40
6."Arch Enemy"3:51
7."Lord of the Trapdoor"4:26
8."Black Hyena"3:58
9."In Birdsong"5:13
10."The Actor"4:04
11."Violent Sun"4:00
Total length:45:18

Charts

Chart performance for Re-Animator
Chart (2020)Peak
position
Scottish Albums (OCC)[17]4
UK Albums (OCC)[18]5

References

  1. ^ a b "Everything Everything will launch new album with a VR concert". Tone Deaf. 2020-09-04. Retrieved 2020-09-15.
  2. ^ a b Hodgkinson, Will. "Everything Everything: Virtual Re‑animator review — strikingly original . . . when you could hear it". ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2020-09-15.
  3. ^ "Everything Everything preview fifth album with closing song "Violent Sun"". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 2020-08-01.
  4. ^ "Everything Everything Announce New Album 'Re-Animator'". Clash. Retrieved 2020-08-01.
  5. ^ Roberts, Christopher. "Everything Everything Share Video for New Song "In Birdsong"". Under the Radar. Retrieved 2020-08-01.
  6. ^ "Everything Everything return with new single 'In Birdsong'". NME. 2020-04-23. Retrieved 2020-08-01.
  7. ^ Strauss, Matthew. "Everything Everything Announce New Album Re-Animator, Share New Song". PItchfork. Retrieved 2020-08-01.
  8. ^ a b Roberts, Christopher. "Everything Everything Share Video for New Song "In Birdsong"". Under the Radar. Retrieved 2020-08-01.
  9. ^ "Everything Everything on Instagram: "Thanks everyone for joining our VR gig just now... it was a blast for us! Getting a lot of messages from people that people loved it which..."". Retrieved 2020-09-15 – via Instagram.
  10. ^ "Re-Animator by Everything Everything reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Reviews for Re-Animator by Everything Everything". Metacritic. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  12. ^ Jamieson, Sarah. "Re-Animator – Everything Everything". DIY. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  13. ^ O'Connor, Roisin (11 September 2020). "Everything Everything: Re-Animator". The Independent. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  14. ^ Bray, Jack (11 September 2020). "Everything Everything continue their art pop escapades on a no-holds-barred fifth outing". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  15. ^ a b Jocelyn, Hannah (11 September 2020). "Everything Everything: Re-Animator – review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  16. ^ "Album reviews: Everything Everything, The Flaming Lips, and Doves". The Independent. 2020-09-10. Retrieved 2020-09-15.
  17. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 September 2020.
  18. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 September 2020.