Track of the Week: Placebo “Surrounded By Spies” (2021)

With a new album on the way in 2022, British alt-rock icons Placebo have dropped another taster of what’s to come in the form of latest single “Surrounded By Spies“. Along with previous track “Beautiful James“, “Surrounded By Spies” feels like a shift back to the band’s Sleeping With Ghosts era, and it’s certainly got us excited for the release of Never Let Me Go next March!

Frontman Brian Molko says:

“I began writing the lyrics when I discovered my neighbours were spying on me on behalf of parties with a nefarious agenda. I then began to ponder the countless ways in which our privacy has been eroded and stolen since the introduction of worldwide CCTV cameras that now employ racist facial recognition technologies; the rise of the internet and the cellphone, which has turned practically every user into a paparazzo and spectators in their own lives, and how we have mostly all offered up personal information to enormous multinationals whose sole intent is to exploit us.

I used the cut-up technique invented by William S Burroughs and popularized in modern song by David Bowie. It’s a true story told through a lens of paranoia, complete disgust for modern society’s values and the deification of surveillance capitalism. The narrator is at the end of their tether, hopeless and afraid, completely at odds with our newfound progress and the god of money.”

Give “Surrounded By Spies” a listen below!

Never Let Me Go hits stores on March 25th 2022. Preorder it HERE.
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