Manic Street Preachers will release their 14th album, The Ultra Vivid Lament, on September 2 via Columbia/Sony. The Welsh band made the album on home turf at the legendary Rockfield Studios, as well as their own Door to the River studios, with regular collaborator Dave Eringa, and the album features appearances from Mark Lanegan and Sunflower Bean's Julia Cumming.
The first single from the album is "Orwellian," a synthy, anthemic song the band say is about "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." They go on to say, "As with many songs on the record, it was written on the piano by James Dean Bradfield. Musically, it echoes ABBA, the majesty of Alan Rankine’s playing in the Associates and Talk Talk’s ‘It’s My Life’ with a Lindsey Buckingham guitar solo. It felt like the perfect sonic and lyrical introduction to ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’.”