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Manic Street Preachers have shared the full visualisation for 'Orwellian'.

The track is out now, the first single from the Welsh band's upcoming album - their fourteenth to date - 'The Ultra Vivid Lament'.

Out on September 3rd, the album follows a triumphant solo set from singer James Dean Bradfield, and will be accompanied by a full UK tour.

'Orwellian' leads the way, a timely song with Nicky Wire lyrics that pick apart "the battle to claim meaning, the erasing of context within debate, the overriding sense of factional conflict driven by digital platforms leading to a perpetual state of culture war."

Frequent collaborator Kieran Evans has constructed a visualisation of the track - note, not a music video - patching together both archive and newly shot footage.

The film maker explains...

"For this album project, Wire and myself decided there should be more experimentation to the visual approach to both the promos and short films we have planned. We’ve called this clip of Orwellian a 'visualized' version because it's not strictly a promo, it’s much more of a visual interpretation of the song by me."

"To create it, I utilised footage from my personal film archive alongside material I've recently shot of the band and of the Diamond Light we have designed for the campaign. The selection of shots and the colour grade were very much influenced by the lyrics and allowed me to frame a visual story that reflected the themes of such a vital and compelling song". 

Tune in now.

Photo Credit: Alex Lake

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