Art has mostly responded to the deadly pandemic with a combination of diversion and self-reflection, certainly understandable when we’re surrounded by so much suffering. But the new and not ambiguously titled Uni single ‘DNA’ (out now via Chimera Music) spookily exhibits how the deliciously provocative musical trio would very much rather look towards a new way forward for humanity.

To be sure, the song lyrically deals with the purposeful manipulation of human DNA, in search of some way to detach from our bodies, and possibly rise above life-threatening illness and disease (in the meantime hopefully also mitigating the ongoing stupidity epidemic). And in the accompanying video, the action cuts from the band playing in a corner looking simultaneously terrified/detached/Kraftwerkian, and some rather unsettling yet erotically realized medical procedures.

Musically, they gleefully crush the zeitgeist beneath their fashionable heels, opting for a mix of ’70s art-prog and sludge metal, as filtered through a more gothic sounding Smashing Pumpkins (trust us, you’ll get it when you listen to it). Singer Jack James’ ghostly falsetto only makes the proceedings all the more eerie and disconcerting.

Bassist/director/model/ennui-coordinator Charlotte Kemp Muhl (who is also in Ghost of a Sabre Tooth Tiger with Sean Lennon), enigmatically explains, “Crispr, gene drive, cosmetic surgery, eugenics, life extension, uploading consciousness to the cloud, bifurcation of those that can afford it and those that cannot…we are entering a post-flesh world. ‘DNA’ is about our severance with all that makes us human and entering the next phase of evolution, molding ourselves into digital Demi Gods with perfect silicone bodies. Would you make this Faustian deal with technology, or retreat to the forest…?”

As coronavirus cases continue to soar all across America and Europe, we believe it may be the only option.

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