Today, Danny Elfman unveiled a brand new music video for “In Time”, the latest single from his acclaimed new album Big Mess.
Directed by Zev Deans (St. Vincent, Chelsea Wolfe, HEALTH), the video features AI-generated visuals created by Italian media artist Lorem and was produced from source footage by Danny that was released via a GAN (generative adversarial network). The result is a hypnotic machine dream that collides with the worlds of art and technology, melting and distorting Elfman’s appearance through various colors, textures and backgrounds.
Preceded by clips for the singles “Happy” (Aron Johnson), “Sorry” (Jesse Kanda), “Love In The Time of Covid” (Sven Gutjahr), “Kick Me” (Petros Papahadjopoulos), “True” (Sarah Sitkin ), “Insects” (Sam & Andy Rolfes) and the revamped duet version of “True” with Trent Reznor (Aron Johnson), “In Time” serves as the perfectly odd eighth chapter in Big Mess’ visual journey. Led by Elfman Creative Director Berit Gwendolyn Gilma, each of the video’s directors created individual statements that shape a diverse yet cohesive whole; which channel all the feelings of anger, angst and frustration that pulsate throughout the album.
The release of “In Time” follows the recent announcement that Elfman will be one of the featured artists at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 16-23, 2022, where he will feature Danny Elfman: From Boingo to Batman Going Through Big Festival 2020 notably provided the impetus for Big Mess more than two years ago, when the subsequent cancellation and quarantine sparked the creation of what would become the double album ” Big Mess”.
Elfman officially launched “Big Mess” in June 2021. With 18 tracks, the expansive double album finds the four-time Academy Award-nominated Grammy and Emmy Award-winning composer breaking new ground as a songwriter and performer. The songs on “Big Mess” unite both harmonically complex arrangements and simple, energetic music with a biting, acerbic wit as they take heed of the chaos and confusion of the modern world. Joined on the album by drummer Josh Freese (Devo, Weezer, The Vandals), bassist Stu Brooks (Dub Trio, Lady Gaga, Lauryn Hill) and guitarists Robin Finck (Nine Inch Nails, Guns N’ Roses) and Nili Brosh (Tony MacAlpine, Paul Gilbert), the project has garnered plenty of praise since its release, including the LA Times, who called it “a fiercely political work filled with explosive peaks and startlingly thoughtful valleys.” The Big Mess album and visuals were executive produced by Danny Elfman and produced by longtime Elfman manager Laura Engel.
Last month, Danny officially announced a brand new Big Mess collector’s edition box set. [ANTI- / Epitaph Records]. Limited to 1,500 copies worldwide, the stunning release gives fans the ultimate window into the groundbreaking project’s creative and visuals and includes four LPs on exclusive color variants, featuring all 18 Big Mess songs plus bonus discs containing unreleased reinterpretations of tracks from the album. In addition to the announced duet version of “True” with Trent Reznor, the bonus discs will include new remixes from HEALTH, clipping. and more, plus previously unreleased songs with star singers such as Rebekah Del Rio, FEVER333, Blixa Bargeld and a second vocal collaboration with Reznor.
Each disc is housed in its own unique sleeve with 3D lenticular printing on the cover and comes with a 60-page hardcover art book featuring never-before-seen renderings of Elfman’s distinctly unsettling digital sculptures by Sarah Sitkin, who designed the original album cover. The special box set also includes a 20-page sewn softcover lyrics book with behind-the-scenes photos, a 12″ x 9″ art print signed by Danny himself, a detailed, life-size model of the particular hand from Elfman designed to be a stand-alone centerpiece or one-of-a-kind nightlight, and code that provides downloadable digital audio files and a mini behind-the-scenes documentary on the creation of Big Mess. All components are housed in a high quality two piece box with liquid embossing on the lid and gloss embossing on the lid and sides.
The Big Mess Collector’s Edition box set is available for pre-order now here for $224.99, and will begin shipping in late January 2022. See below for full track listing info, and visit the Danny’s site here for more details.