Manic Street Preachers – International Blue Video

Manic Street Preachers International Blue

Today the Manic Street Preachers released the second, but first proper, video to their latest single International Blue. The inaugural single from their 13th studio album, their first in four years following their recent stretch of anniversary releases, International Blue finds the Blackwood trio re-energised.

Taking huge inspiration from French artist Yves Klein (the blue theme, the use of photography, and indeed part of the video being shot at the Place Yves Klein) the track itself is classic Manics – epic, expansive, intelligent, and singularly better than anything the ‘stars’ of today will release this year.

The film itself was filmed on location in the French city of Nice with Kieran Evans, it nods to the band’s past (the Japanese star of the video referencing their status in Japan, the Ferris wheel redolent of Motorcycle Emptiness, the Polaroid camera) it’s crisp, clean and bright – the perfect accompaniment to the song.

Gone are the melancholia of the last two releases, instead the lyrics from Nicky Wire are hopeful and the superb riffing of James Dean Bradfield has hints of Springsteen. The drumming of Sean Moore is as tight and powerful as ever.

One last thing about International Blue – after what seems like a long time, hello high-pitched James!

Also announced today is the tracklisting for Resistance Is Futile. Once again, I’m disappointed to note the lack of anything to do with a particular sci-fi franchise:

People Give In
International Blue
Distant Colours
Vivian
Dylan & Caitlin
Liverpool Revisited
Sequels Of Forgotten Wars
Hold Me Like A Heaven
In Eternity
Broken Algorithms
A Song for The Sadness
The Left Behind

Deluxe CD tracklisting:

People Give In (Demo)
International Blue (Demo)
Distant Colours (Demo)
Vivian (Demo)
Dylan & Caitlin (Demo)
Liverpool Revisited (Demo)
Sequels Of Forgotten Wars (Demo)
Hold Me Like A Heaven (Demo)
In Eternity (Demo)
Broken Algorithms (Demo)
A Song for The Sadness (Demo)
The Left Behind (Demo)
Concrete Fields
A Soundtrack To Complete Withdrawal

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