It’s still about a month and a half until we get to hear IDLES‘ third album Ultra Mono, but this week they’ve delivered a fourth single from it called “Model Village”. The song is about the feeling of constriction that comes from being young in a small town, with Joe Talbot saying:
“I hated growing up in a city that was really a town that was really a fishbowl. I left as soon as I could, only to realize the fishbowl didn’t exist…just the fish, and they’re everywhere.”
“Model Village” is a bouncy punk stormer right from the off, with Talbot buoyant and boisterous to boot. The band shows off their tightness, the rhythm section particularly locked down while additional drum programming from Kenny Beats ensures it absolutely blasts out of the speakers. One that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser when IDLES get back on the road, “Model Village” is the energy shot you need to propel you through the rest of this week.
The animated video for “Model Village” was created by Michel Gondry and Olivier Gondry over painstaking weeks of cutting and photographing the imagery of the clip. You can watch that below.
IDLES have also announced three live streamed performances from the historic Abbey Road on August 29 and 30. You can buy tickets for those here.