Friday 26 August 2022

Manic Street Preachers - Studies in Paralysis

Photo credit: Mitch Ikeda

As Manic Street Preachers prepare to unveil an entirely remixed and reconstructed re-issue of their sixth studio album 'Know Your Enemy', the Welsh trio have shared 'Studies in Paralysis', a track that was recorded at Miloco Studios in London but left off the original 2001 release. The unheard single comes accompanied by a Kieran Evans shot clip featuring the band in the studio. Speaking about working with the band Evans goes on to say: "It started with an email from Wire (it always does!).  Would I be up for working on visualising two unheard tracks from the 'Know Your Enemy' sessions that were to feature in the beautifully expanded and reworked re-issue of the album?  Of course I would!  Both 'Rosebud' and 'Studies In Paralysis' landed an hour later and were stunning and took my breath away. Fuck me...They left these off the original album...what were they thinking???!!!   An hour later, another email landed from him - "I'll send some DV footage of the Miloco sessions up to you". But this footage was very different from previous recording sessions he'd filmed. There was a seriousness to everyone's behaviour and recording performances. There was no frivolity or funny off camera 'moments'. The atmosphere felt intense, you could feel the pressure they were under. Cutting this footage to 'Studies in Paralysis' was a task. I went through many iterations and edits to get the right "feel" to reflect what is a truly glorious song... Thankfully...I think we definitely got there in the end".  Take a watch for yourselves below. The re-issue of the record will be available on 9th September through Sony Records.


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