Lloyd Cole’s new single ‘The Over Under’ (available now) is taken from Lloyd’s sensational new album ‘Guesswork’, which was released in July.

Lloyd has long been a fan of Bristol contemporary artists Harrison and Wood and contacted them to see if they would like to do a film for ‘The Over Under’. The self-styled ‘Laurel & Hardy of contemporary art’ were more than happy to oblige.

John Wood and Paul Harrison make single-channel videos, multi-screen video installations, prints, drawings, and sculptures that elegantly fuse aesthetic research with existential comedy. The artists’ spare, to-the-point works illustrate the triumphs and tribulations of making art and having a life. Wood and Harrison employ exuberant invention, subtle slapstick, and a touch of light-hearted melancholy to reveal the inspiration and perspiration — as well as the occasional hint of desperation — behind all creative acts. John Wood (b.1969, Hong Kong) and Paul Harrison (b.1966, Wolverhampton) met in 1989 at the Bath College of Higher Education, and have worked together since 1993.

‘The Over Under’, a sublime slice of 21st century synth-pop, sees Lloyd tackle middle aged angst with his customary wit and style.

Says Lloyd: “I was very nervous when I approached John and Paul suggesting they might enjoy the song and maybe they might make a film / music video, I was thrilled that they accepted, and I’m ecstatic with the result. It is simply perfect. If I have a regret, it’s that I wasn’t involved with our videos in the 80’s and 90’s. I was always too busy, it seemed, but really that’s no excuse and I have some very mediocre work to my name. I’m really enjoying the challenge these days and I’m truly blessed that great visual artists are happy to work with me. Now, how can I persuade Neil Tennant to be in one with me for ‘Moments and Whatnot’? and who will make it?”

The video for Lloyd’s previous single ‘Violins’ featured the video installation ‘The End Of Civilization’ by Turner Prize winning artist Douglas Gordon - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyw4pB_5RpU

Lloyd Cole will tour the UK and Ireland in October. Former Commotion Neil Clark will accompany him. The full list of dates is:

7 KILMARNOCK Palace Theatre
8 ABERDEEN Tivoli Theatre
10 DUNDEE The Gardyne Theatre
11 HAMILTON Townhouse
12 EDINBURGH Queens Hall
14 LIVERPOOL The Philharmonic Hall
15 LEEDS Town Hall
16 BUXTON Opera House
20 SALISBURY City Hall
21 NORTHAMPTON Derngate Theatre
23 BASINGSTOKE The Anvil & The Forge
24 LONDON Union Chapel
25 LONDON Union Chapel
29 KILKENNY The Set Theatre
30 DUBLIN Vicar Street

1 CORK Live At St Lukes
2 LIMERICK Dolans Warehouse
3 GALWAY Roisin Dubh
4 BELFAST The Belfast Empire Music Hall

Tickets are available from http://www.lloydcole.com/live/