THE THE share new video

THE THE have shared the new video for Cognitive Dissident, the lead single from Ensoulment, their first studio album in a quarter century.

Directed by long-time collaborator Tim Pope, the video features projections by Vicki Bennett (People Like Us) and Peter Knight.

Matt Johnson said: “It’s always a pleasure to work with my dear friends, director Tim Pope, video collage artist Vicki Bennett, and photographer Peter Knight. Our times working together are not only very creative, but also full of joyful mischief.”

Watch below:

Dear Friends

THE THE and Tim Pope have a long, shared history working on a variety of videos and projects, including the film of the 2018 The Comeback Special concert at Royal Albert Hall, the legendary Infected The Movie in 1987 (the first ever long-form video album release) the Versus The World film of the concert at Royal Albert Hall in 1990, and From Dusk ’Til Dawn in 1993.

Their collaboration extend to numerous promotional videos over the years including Pillar Box Red, The Beat(en) Generation, Kingdom Of Rain, It’s My Life, Dum Dum Girl, Such A Shame, Life’s What You Make It, Living In Another World, Gravitate To Me and many more.

Cognitive Dissident


Acclaimed Artists

Acclaimed video collage artist Vicki Bennett (People Like Us), and Peter Knight (photographer) have also long been associated with THE THE having created the videos for We Can’t Stop What’s Coming and the Stolen Moments remix of GlobalEyes by DJ Food as well as creating the kaleidoscopic, cinematic backdrop for The Comeback Special world tour.

Cognitive Dissident, written by Matt Johnson and Barrie Cadogan, is already available on DSPs and will also be available, Friday 7 June, as a limited edition 7″ featuring the previously unreleased B-side When Is The Heart Of Waiting.


The The Ensoulment album artwork

Distinctive Aesthetic

Additionally, the single cover features a previously unpublished work of Matt Johnson’s late brother Andrew (AKA artist Andy Dog) who, over the years, was very much responsible for the distinctive aesthetic style of THE THE’s releases.

The album, Ensoulment, will be available in retail as limited CD Hardcover Mediabook, CD Jewelcase, Black 2LP Gatefold and limited Crystal Clear 2LP Gatefold. Further exclusive formats will be available in the official album store. To pre-order click here

THE THE also recently announced another world tour. Commencing in September 2024 it is the band’s first since  2018. The initial UK run is now sold out and an extra London show at Brixton Academy on 1 October has been added. For ticket information click here

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