Cate Blanchett stars in Massive Attack's new music video for The Spoils

The Oscar-winning actress lets her features undergo strange transformations and alterations - thanks to the powers of the digital world

Clarisse Loughrey
Tuesday 09 August 2016 15:13 BST

Pretty much every self-proclaimed philosopher will preach of the loss of self in a digital world - we're all just slowly falling in The Matrix, if we haven't already been there this entire time.

It's that probing fear from which Massive Attack's new video for "The Spoils" feat. Hope Sandoval takes its inspiration; putting at its centre the unearthly, entrancing features of the perpetually enigmatic Cate Blanchett.

Features which gradually undergo transformation and alteration thanks to the strange powers of the digital world; blurring into a faceless mask, or into flesh decomposing until only muscle is bare.

The video is directed by John Hillcoat; the Australian auteur best known for his earthier, more landscape-driven films Lawless, The Road, and The Proposition.

"The Spoils" is the second of a two-part release; "Come Near Me" feat. Ghostpoet, was previously accompanied by a video written and directed by Ed Morris.

The band had also released a video for their track "Ritual Spirit" earlier this year, featuring supermodel Kate Moss swinging a lightbulb over her head.

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