Dan Bejar (Destroyer) is back with a brand new album Labyrinthitis coming in March (25th) via Bella Union.
It’s being described as brimming with mystic and intoxicating terrain, the threads of Dan Bejar’s notes woven through by a trove of allusions at once eerily familiar and intimately perplexing. The record circuitously draws ever inward, each turn offering giddy surprise, anxious esoterica, and thumping emotionality at equal odds.
I’m loving this first single, the mix of his arch delivery, synths, skittering drums and saxophones skidding around sharp corners.
“There’s some character here that feels new to me, a low drawl, an evening gown draped over a piano,” Bejar says of the song.
Written largely in 2020 and recorded the following spring, the album most often finds Bejar and frequent collaborator John Collins seeking the mythic artifacts buried somewhere under the dance floor, from the glitzy spiral of “It Takes a Thief” to the Books-ian collage bliss of the title track. Initial song ideas ventured forth from disco, Art of Noise, and New Order, Bejar and Collins championing the over-the-top madcappery.