New Chemical Brothers Song
May 5, 2015 7:07 PM   Subscribe

Chemical Brothers "Go." They still sound like the 90s. Music video by Michel Gondry.
posted by ourt (50 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
 
I like the track, but the video looks more like a trial demo that didn't succeed rather than a finished product. I think Michel Gondry threw a brick on this one.
posted by chimaera at 7:23 PM on May 5, 2015 [5 favorites]


Owes an uncredited debt to Genki Sudo & World Order, but isn't nearly as fun.
posted by googly at 7:27 PM on May 5, 2015 [21 favorites]


I like the track, but the video looks more like a trial demo that didn't succeed rather than a finished product. I think Michel Gondry threw a brick on this one.

"Seven girls pole dancing to Chemical Brothers song" probably got green lit wicked quick.
posted by hal9k at 7:33 PM on May 5, 2015 [5 favorites]


They still sound like the 90s.

So does Q-Tip!
posted by Sys Rq at 7:41 PM on May 5, 2015 [4 favorites]


Middle girl too smiley.
posted by seawallrunner at 7:44 PM on May 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


It sounds so... flat to me. I mean, I like the melodies and the groove is solid, but it just didn't melt my face the way I'd hope from a Chemical Brothers track. I mean, I don't expect more Big Beat (I'd be said if it was just more rehash of the same ol'), but this is a bit weak. I actually did like Q-Tip here, though. Maybe because it wasn't just his typical sound, I didn't realize it was him at first until after a verse or so.

Conversely, I hated the first few times I listened to Damogen Furies by Squarepusher (his new release), but after about the third time through on Spotify, I decided I had to have the actual album. The fullness of that sound is what I would have hoped to come from the Brothers. Not necessarily the same, but in general, just banging, heavy and full of great reverb/echo and SPACE.

If their old work was for the massive, this is for beatsbydre. Maybe a headphone jam on earbuds while you're walking around doing pole maneuvers. Or something.
posted by symbioid at 7:54 PM on May 5, 2015 [4 favorites]


Too fascist for my tastes. Fun costumes though.
posted by oceanjesse at 7:55 PM on May 5, 2015


Man, the beat started and those ladies popped up all bad-ass looking, strutting and holding poles, all shot from cool angles... looked like classic Gondry magic, exciting stuff.

Then about 20 seconds in it gets clear that there isn't much more to it and we're just gonna be killing time walking around, barring an ugly jump cut or two. Shame, seemed like there was the seed of a good idea there.
posted by ordinary_magnet at 7:55 PM on May 5, 2015 [11 favorites]


It definitely sounds fuller with headphones than just aloud off speakers, imo.
posted by ourt at 7:56 PM on May 5, 2015


I figure the jarring cuts are intentional, but knowing the work of World Order (like googly points out), those cuts make it seem amateur.
posted by qcubed at 8:00 PM on May 5, 2015 [3 favorites]


It's good to see The Amazing Christopher getting more work. (but I still preferred his Village People on Ice)
posted by oneswellfoop at 8:06 PM on May 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


A better Gondry-Chem. Bros. joint - "Star Guitar"
posted by the painkiller at 9:00 PM on May 5, 2015 [10 favorites]


Damogen Furies by Squarepusher (his new release)

I was not aware that this existed and now I am listening to it and it is my favorite thing.
posted by Ratio at 9:07 PM on May 5, 2015 [6 favorites]


Owes an uncredited debt to Genki Sudo & World Order yt , but isn't nearly as fun.

Which, goodness: Kraftwerk (also, not as fun)
posted by alex_skazat at 9:20 PM on May 5, 2015


Star Guitar is the original. Classic Gondry. If you haven't seen it, click painkiller link above ASAP.
posted by intermod at 9:22 PM on May 5, 2015 [3 favorites]


Also Let Forever Be. I think Michel Gondry phoned this new one in.
posted by mmoncur at 9:55 PM on May 5, 2015 [5 favorites]


ourt: "They still sound like the 90s"

Not entirely. This is a '90s Go.
posted by meehawl at 9:59 PM on May 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


Sounds more Daft Punk the Chemical Brothers, but I'm not complaining.
posted by furtive at 10:48 PM on May 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I didn't like how they clipped the video every time the bar crossed over, if you know what I mean. One nice long cut would have been more pleasing, if more difficult to shoot.
posted by Metro Gnome at 11:01 PM on May 5, 2015


This sounds like their other Q-Tip collaboration, 2005's Galvanize. I'm not too fond of this one, the video or the song, really. (They've had some interesting clunkers, like the Salmon Dance.) But I'd bet that it will drop really well in a live concert, which is where they really shine.
posted by Catblack at 11:14 PM on May 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I was going to make the (unfavorable) comparison to Genki Sudo too. I was hoping for much more from this video and just didn't get it.

If you haven't seen anything by Genki Sudo, here.
posted by flatluigi at 11:15 PM on May 5, 2015


mmoncur: Thanks for posting the link. The "Let Forever Be" vid makes the new vid seem like a ripoff the old one and since, it's the same guy doing both, it would've been nice to have something different. Also, the LFB vid reminds me of the Invisibles.
posted by I-baLL at 12:36 AM on May 6, 2015


Yeah, song is ok, video is Gondry phoning it in. The jump cuts are ugly (but necessary for at least a few of the movements), and some of the video even seemed badly synched to the music to me (some of the gradual pole lifting stuff towards the end in particular). Gondry has definitiely done much better, but not lately...
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 1:07 AM on May 6, 2015


The science of sleep, indeed.
posted by benzenedream at 1:35 AM on May 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


Chemical Brothers "Go." They still sound like the 90s.

Oh. Ok, sounds good.

Music video by Michel Gondry.

Sold! Speak no more!

/watches video

Uh.... The song is pretty good and catchy. But Gondry, what happened? This may be his laziest video yet. I was waiting for some break and his usual mind-bending Escher-painting-as-video to occur. I was disappointed. I suppose if you're looking for minimalist Gondry, this is for you. Don't expect much, though.

For much better Michel Gondry, check out his other videos .
posted by zardoz at 1:37 AM on May 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


Oh good grief. Did none of you haters ever see Be Kind Rewind? Gondry isn't afraid to show the jump cuts because he's not about hiring a team of digital artists to make everything smooth.

This is bizarre because I could swear I just did a bit of Google-fu only last week wondering if The Chemical Brothers (yes, there is a "The" in their name) were doing anything new.

I loves me come TCB, and this is welcome news. I'm pretty sure the track works better in context in the album than it does in a single (that's not unusual). I am really looking forward to the release of the album, because it's been way too long.

Thanks for posting!
posted by hippybear at 2:31 AM on May 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


I can't see a link to the first song released off the new album, so: Sometimes I Feel So Deserted (SLYT)
And I agree with the "it sounds exactly like the Chems" posts, and SIFSD is the same, but that's a good thing in my opinion. I love both tracks (but I only dislike one single song from their entire catalogue)
posted by matrixgeek at 3:18 AM on May 6, 2015 [3 favorites]


"Michel? We need a new vid. Budget? I think we've got $45 between us. You're in?"
posted by fungible at 4:07 AM on May 6, 2015


I like the background architecture a lot, but the fascist pole-dancing and the music didn't do much for me.
posted by Dip Flash at 4:12 AM on May 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


Sad. Metafilter wasn't working for me earlier when the link was uncommented, so thus I am most soundly beaten to pole dancing jokes. Which one of you asshats DDOS'd it to humiliate me, huh?
posted by Samizdata at 4:47 AM on May 6, 2015


Gondry isn't afraid to show the jump cuts because he's not about hiring a team of digital artists to make everything smooth.

...neither is World Order?
posted by qcubed at 5:12 AM on May 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


Yeah, lacks the universe-filling sound that's the usual hallmark of the Chemical Brothers. Pared down, and a little out of step, as it's relying on 80's retro pop synths that are now pretty played out. The beat's nice, tho.

I think they should have gone in the direction of The Prodigy and Crystal Method and said, "Fuck it. Big Beat is back because we will it to be so. Think twee keyboard noodling is done and boring? Good, here's complex, endlessly exploding break-beats and some minor chords for you instead, you're welcome."
posted by Slap*Happy at 5:37 AM on May 6, 2015 [4 favorites]


This is the prequel to Addicted To Love. We see the members of Robert Palmer's band suffer under the rigid subjugation of a Brutalist dytopian state before they escaped into the freedom of Executive Rock.
posted by Brian Lux at 5:40 AM on May 6, 2015 [12 favorites]


In the youtube comments I found something else that I'd missed - new track from Leftfield Universal Everything.
posted by Leud at 6:33 AM on May 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


I was having Galvanize flashbacks for pretty much the whole song which wasn't exactly a great thing even though I like Galvanize alot.
posted by vuron at 6:42 AM on May 6, 2015


I'm hoping it's a Moby cover. Seems appropriate.
posted by Theta States at 6:47 AM on May 6, 2015


Sounds a lot like Simian Mobile Disco, which was cool back in 2007 but is not exactly groundbreaking now...
posted by tinkletown at 6:51 AM on May 6, 2015


song and video are awful
posted by mary8nne at 7:23 AM on May 6, 2015


Two reminders of the classic big beat sound that The Chemical Brothers put on other people's records; their work with Justin Warfield.

Not sure I am getting much out of this new thing, but I am enjoying the links in this thread!
posted by asok at 8:02 AM on May 6, 2015 [2 favorites]


starts strong enough, but then there's that chorus thing and it turns daft punky bland... meh
posted by valdesm at 9:01 AM on May 6, 2015


I approve of Q-Tip and Chemical Brothers together, but Galvanize is a better song.
posted by koucha at 9:03 AM on May 6, 2015


I like this all right, but the video would have done a lot better as CGI, and that's not something I expected to say about a Gondry video.
posted by immlass at 9:41 AM on May 6, 2015


matrixgeek
Oh yes, thanks for the link to that track, THAT is hitting me The Chemical Brothers should. Now I'm excited about the new album.
posted by wyndham at 1:11 PM on May 6, 2015


The 9 year old at the adjacent desk first asked if it was made by robots then said it sounds like a dog slobbered all over the disk. He needs his own blog.
posted by Mr. Yuck at 1:15 PM on May 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


Leud: "new track from Leftfield Universal Everything."

Sounds good. I like Leftfield, even though they tried to kill me with a wave of painful infrasound at one of their gigs.
posted by meehawl at 4:56 PM on May 6, 2015


I like this track, though yeah, it doesn't bang. Good walking music though.

The fullness of that sound is what I would have hoped to come from the Brothers.

YouTube compresses the hell out of everything, it's tough to get a really big sound through.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 6:38 PM on May 6, 2015


Not even close, this is old-school Chemical Brothers :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJRS-RebLzQ
posted by Djinh at 4:26 AM on May 7, 2015


asok: "Two reminders of the classic big beat sound that The Chemical Brothers put on other people's records; their work with Justin Warfield.

Not sure I am getting much out of this new thing, but I am enjoying the links in this thread!
"

Umm - that was Dust Brothers, at least according to the youtube titles - I don't know the tracks otherwise.
posted by symbioid at 10:39 AM on May 8, 2015


They called themselves "The Dust Brothers" initially before changing the name.
posted by I-baLL at 10:51 AM on May 8, 2015 [2 favorites]


Ah - that's right. I forgot that nugget. Gotcha :)
posted by symbioid at 12:21 PM on May 8, 2015


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