Mick Jagger has revealed a new audio-visual project, the first two tracks from which he’s released today; the musician describes them as a response to “confusion and frustration with the times we live in.”
The first is England Lost, about which Mick says: “Ostensibly, it’s about seeing an England football team lose, but when I wrote the title I knew it would be about more than just that. It’s about a feeling that we are in a difficult moment in our history. It’s about the unknowability about where you are and the feeling of insecurity. That’s how I was feeling when I was writing. It’s obviously got a fair amount of humour because I don’t like anything too on the nose but it’s also got a sense of vulnerability of where we are as a country… Right from the off when I started writing England Lost, I imagined having a British rapper on the track… Skepta stepped in at a moment’s notice and I just loved what he did.‘’
Its clip features Beauty and the Beast‘s Luke Evans, who is chased through the city to the countryside by a mysterious body-snatching force.
The second is Gotta Get A Grip, which Mick describes thusly: “The message I suppose is – despite all those things that are happening, you gotta get on with your own life, be yourself and attempt to create your own destiny.”
Its clip stars Jemima Kirke from TV series Girls, and is set at an extremely sweaty underground dance gig. Both videos are directed by Saam Farahmand. Watch ’em below.