Max Cooper announces new album, ‘Unspoken Words’, released 25th March on MESH. Today he shares lead single ‘Everything’ and its accompanying video.
‘Everything’ is an excitable expression of freedom and joy, an explosion of colour referencing classic synth sounds from Max Cooper’s formative years and the golden era of idealism in music and popular culture of the ’80 and ’90s.
“I love feeling that anything is possible. It feels like I’m bursting and need to find some expression,” says Cooper. “The synths seemed to carry the hope of everything I could imagine, condensed into the simple chord progression, improvised pads and layers of distortion. It was a lot of fun to work with, and spending time in that creative mindset generated lots of ideas which could be shot down later under less manic conditions.”
As an audio-visual artist, Cooper often goes to the medium of video to enhance his music and the ideas and stories which inspire and inform his work. ‘Everything’ is one of 13 short films combined into ‘Unspoken Words’ and the metanarrative which will be released as a film on Blu-ray to accompany the album on 25th March.
Cooper developed the visual story for ‘Everything’ with long term collaborator Nick Cobby and photographer Andrey Prokhorov, who has a huge library of imagery from around the world.
About ‘Unspoken Words’:
“I’ve always strugg’led with words.
“Trying to communicate anything meaningful about my internal state, in any way which seems to do it justice, has always been beyond me.
“But music bypasses language. It is my means of expression, which is why I make a lot of it – I’m compelled to create.”
– Max Cooper, January 2022
‘Unspoken Words’ is Max Cooper’s most revealing work to date, leading the listener through experiences of escapism and connection with personal stories of reflection, acceptance, grappling, idealism and rejection.
The raw expression of Cooper’s own mental state illuminates the universal experience of being human. ‘Unspoken Words’ offers common ground, a unifying space for anyone who faces internal discordance and feels the need for greater connection and greater expression.
Speaking about the process of writing ‘Unspoken Words’, Max continued: “I find existing inside my mind to be a sometimes beautiful, sometimes intense, sometimes abrasive, messy, baffling, relentless experience, and I’ve tried to put as much of that feeling and form as I could into the album.”
The deftly mixed audio is accompanied by a visual story which unfolds through 13 short films by a range of visual artists commissioned and directed by Max Cooper, and mixed in Dolby Atmos surround sound.
Unspoken Words will be released on Mesh on 25th March on Blu-Ray + CD, vinyl and digital.