Photo: Jay Watts

Video Premiere: F.D. Marinetti – “Everybody Tells Me”

Born in Venice, Italy, but currently calling Toronto home, Fortunato Durutti Marinetti has been writing, recording and performing music for quite a while now, having been a founding member of The Shilohs as well as the principal member of The Pinc Lincolns. Splitting his time between the rhythmic density of indie rock and the luminescence of modern pop, his work carefully and effortlessly skirts around the borders of these genres, building a seamless amalgam that adapts the expressive movements of all involved influences.

Recently, he set aside The Pinc Lincolns moniker to focus on a new musical path, one under the guise of F.D. Marinetti, where he an can continue to experiment with compelling melodies and arrangements that work their way deep into the craggy recesses of your brain. He’s still fascinated by the way pop music and alternative rock possess so many similarities and is intent on exposing and examining the ways in which they can successfully mold themselves around each other. His new record, Desire, is due out May 8 via his own Musty Dusty imprint. Recorded in Vancouver, the album features collaborations with Nic Bragg (Destroyer), Sydney Hermant (Hello Blue Roses), Dave Carswell (Destroyer), Jay Arner (Mint Records), and many others.

On recent single, “Everybody Tells Me,” Marinetti layers Baroque rhythmic aesthetics onto a folk-rock skeleton, draping the resulting wonder in vocals reminiscent of Lou Reed as he revels in the gentle sway of a flute courtesy of Hermant. The track is a lovely slice of melancholic pop, detailing the consequences of bad advice and misinterpretations when it comes to the awkwardness of various social encounters. But beneath all the confusion, he simply wants us to know that sometimes the circumstances of our individual journeys and their tribulations are more important than our final destination. The accompanying video was filmed by Jenifer Papararo and inspired by Scott Stark’s 1982 short film “Degrees of Limitation.”

“Everywhere I look I see excess. Sometimes excess is good. Often, it is not,” Marinetti explains. “Without even really trying, I produce excess into the world. Where does it all go? I don’t even really know. This video is a simple study in the idea of excess, excess pushed towards an absurd conclusion. Watch this video and see a man slowly become a buffoon through his performance of preposterous excess.”