4/2/16 – Massive Attack Featuring Tricky – Take It There – Video/ Ritual Spirit EP – 2016

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Massive Attack - Ritual Spirit EPMassive Attack released a digital version of the Ritual Spirit EP on the 28th January to coincide with British dates that will continue into Europe in February. The EP features collaborations with London rapper Roots Manuva, UK singer Azekel, Scottish 2014 Mercury Music Prize winners, Young Fathers and heralds the return of former collaborator, Tricky on Take It There. The EP will be released on double vinyl in March. What’s it like? It’s like Massive Attack.

The video, directed by Hiro Murai, features Oscar nominated actor John Hawkes (that you might recognise from Deadwood). Listen to the music before you watch the video, is my usual advice and it applies here despite Hawkes performance and interaction with a quartet of stalking dancers. This doesn’t mean it’s bad, it means that it’s a distraction. When it’s not a performance the music becomes a soundtrack to the video rather than the video complementing the track. I get it, it’s a different medium, it doesn’t need to be literal and the world really doesn’t need a million musicians in a room either miming guitars or worse miming computer manipulation. But ultimately, for me, in this case I’d rather just hear the music because I like it, I don’t need to be drawn in by the visuals. I’ll try not to mention this recurring theme again but in a world mesmerised by moving images, whether they are relevant or not, it’s difficult to draw attention to music that’s sole purpose is to penetrate the ears and make it’s way to the brain through the corridors of your own imagination.

In the meantime, see if you can catch them live in Europe. In the UK, various singers including Martina Topley-Bird performed with them, but it’s uncertain who their cast of singers will be on European dates.









Massive Attack Tour Dates – 2016

01/28 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
01/30 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Apollo
01/31 – Portsmouth, UK @ Guildhall
02/01 – Brighton, UK @ Brighton Dome
02/03 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
02/04 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
02/05 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy
02/07 – Copenhagen, DK @ Tap1
02/09 – Luxembourg @ Rockhal
02/10 – Brussels, BE @ Palais 12
02/12 – Milan, IT @ Fabrique
02/13 – Milan, IT @ Fabrique
02/14 – Padua, IT @ Gran Teatro Geox
02/16 – Cologne, DE @ Palladium
02/17 – Berlin, DE @ Tempodrom
02/18 – Berlin, DE @ Tempodrom
02/20 – Vienna, AT @ Gasometer
02/21 – Munich, DE @ Tonhalle
02/22 – Munich, DE @ Tonhalle
02/24 – Eindhoven, NL @ Klokgebouw
02/25 – Amsterdam, NL @ Heineken Music Hall
02/26 – Paris, FR @ Le Zenith
02/27 – Paris, FR @ Le Zenith

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