Single Review: Everything Everything – Photoshop Handsome

By on Friday, 17th December 2010 at 12:00 pm

While it will take me a while to come off the high that was the ‘Man Alive Ensemble’ iPhone/iPad/Web live performance (which, incidentally, you can watch here [probably for a limited time] if you missed it as it went out live Wednesday [15 December] night), I would like to bring your attention to Everything Everything‘s next single, ‘Photoshop Handsome’. The video for the song is such a trip; watch it below if you’ve been living under a rock and missed it when we featured the promo as a VOTM last month.

But I think it’s a bit of a shame that everyone’s talking about the video, which never would have happened if they’d never written and recorded the actual song, which will be released in mid-January as a single, the third official from ‘Man Alive’ (reviewed here in August). ‘Photoshop Handsome’ is boppy, it’s catchy and it’s very unique. I remember hearing it for the first time, listening to it as part of ‘Man Alive’ and thinking, wow, this sounds nothing – nothing – like anything I’ve heard before. It’s got military-style drums (the kind that make me expect stomping feet at their gigs); lead singer Jonathan Higgs’s unusual word delivery, spanning from falsetto to hip hop quickfire vocals; shouty backing vocals from the rest of the band that sound like they must be so much fun to sing (and indeed, I am eager to join in whenever I have the pleasure to see these four guys perform in 2011); and yet, there’s an underlying earworm of a melody.

Flippin’ heck, Everything Everything. You are definitely at the top of my list of bands I must see live as soon as possible. See you next year!


The single for ‘Photoshop Handsome’ will be released on 17 January 2011 by Geffen. Also included below are two remixes you can listen to, one by Soil in the Synth (more bleepy and videogame-y than the original) and the other by Sunday Girl (more clubby, with a female vocal replacing Higgs’s own). What do you think of these interpretations? Let us know in the comments.


Everything Everything – Photoshop Handsome (Soil in the Synth remix)

Everything Everything – Photoshop Handsome (Sunday Girl remix)

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