Devin Townsend shares spectacular sci-fi video for anthemic new single Spirits Will Collide

Devin Townsend has released a stunning video for his new track Spirits Will Collide.

The song has been taken from the Canadian musician’s latest album Empath, which was released today through InsideOut Music on CD, 2LP/CD, on digital and streaming platforms and as a limited edition 2CD featuring bonus material.

Townsend says: “Here is the video for my Enya influenced ‘commercial’ song. I love this type of mid-tempo, big, romantic heavy music. I would love to do a full album in this style somewhere down the line, and it’s the only one of its kind on the Empath record.

Spirits Will Collide as a song is pretty standard fare for me if you've followed what I’ve done over the past few years. It’s ultimately an 'anti-suicide' statement and it’s meant to be melodic and straightforward. 

“A video with CGI gorillas playing bass and elephants playing drums in front of a billion people is so ridiculously dumb that I’m surprised it makes me feel as happy as it does, but the theme of the song is essentially about trying to convince kids or teens to 'hang on' when they feel depression or suicidal thoughts.”

He continues: “The story of the video is that a kid has a fantasy about playing at a massive concert with thousands of people as a choir, animals etc – just the biggest concert he can imagine, and the strength of the sound and the intention of a bunch of people singing together is such that the sound blows away the darkness.

“It’s admittedly a bit ridiculous, but I guess in a way I feel that beauty is much harder to be expressed quietly in this day and age, so the video is about saying it louder than anything.”

Townsend adds: “Without a multi-million dollar budget, it was hard to do. However, kudos to iCode Team and the hundreds of extras for really pulling this out on a shoestring budget, I think it gets the point across.”

Townsend will tour across Europe later this year in support of Empath (opens in new tab), where he’ll be joined by Haken.

Devin Townsend: Empath (opens in new tab)

Devin Townsend: Empath (opens in new tab)
Devin Townsend's new album features the epic lead track Genesis and he's joined by a raft of guests including Steve Vai, Anneke Van Giersbergen and Mike Keneally.

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