Dan Bejar aka Destroyer has announced that he’ll be releasing a new album called Labyrinthitis on March 25 through Merge / Bella Union. He’s also shared a lead single called “Tintoretto, It’s For You”. He says:
“I had an idea of writing a couple lines on the idea of ‘mystery’ and ‘goin nowhere,’ as they are two of my favorite themes. That and the Grim Reaper and being pursued by some silent, unnamable thing that constantly lurks one foot to the left of you. Especially as the world’s decay becomes increasingly less abstract. Also wanted to write on the romance of terror. The song ‘Tintoretto, It’s for You’ speaks to all these things, oddly enough so does the video…”
Bejar has never been one for linear thought, but his words seem to be becoming more inscrutable as he goes on. “Tintoretto, It’s For You” may reference the titular Italian renaissance artist, but this is no history lesson, it’s very much rooted in the trappings and horrors of the modern day. Regardless of meaning, Bejar’s insouciant words and delivery are a perfect match for the masterful production, which builds from a stripped back beat through to a dazzling combination of piano and bass. From there it builds into a commanding synth anthem and finishes up with a brass flourish. Wondrous.
Watch the video, directed by David Galloway, below or find “Tintoretto, It’s For You” on streaming platforms.