The last we heard from Destroyer was in early 2020, with the great Have We Met. Now, Dan Bejar is already back with a followup. It’s called Labyrinthitis, and it’s out at the end of March.

Bejar re-teamed with his frequent collaborator John Collins, and they began working on the album during the peak of early lockdown in 2020, trading ideas back and forth remotely when they couldn’t meet in person. A press release cites influences from disco, Art Of Noise, and New Order, but if we know anything about how these two work together chances are those touchstones were abstracted and fractured and twisted around.

Along with the announcement, Bejar has shared a lead single called “Tintoretto, It’s For You.” “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,” Bejar said in a statement. “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…”

That video was directed by David Galloway, who added: “It hopefully presents some loose giallo vibes despite the fact that it clearly isn’t a giallo at all. Nobody dies, nothing is explored at length, and it’s ultimately a collection of neighbourhood red herrings. All leads that go nowhere. But that’s the mystery. That’s the mystery about music videos.” Check it out below.

TRACKLIST:
01 “It’s In Your Heart Now”
02 “Suffer”
03 “June”
04 “All My Pretty Dresses”
05 “Tintoretto, It’s For You”
06 “Labyrinthitis”
07 “Eat The Wine, Drink The Bread”
08 “It Takes A Thief”
09 “The States”
10 “The Last Song”

TOUR DATES:
04/22 Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
04/23 Seattle, WA @ The Neptune Theatre
04/24 Boise, ID @ The Olympic
04/26 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
04/27 Denver, CO @ The Bluebird Theater
04/28 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
04/29 St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill Duck Room
04/30 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
05/02 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
05/04 Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle
05/05 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
05/06 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
05/07 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
05/08 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
05/09 Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
05/10 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
05/11 Detroit, MI @ El Club
05/12 Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
05/13 St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall
05/14 Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
05/15 Oklahoma City, OK @ Beer City Music Hall
05/16 Fort Worth, TX @ Tulips
05/17 Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
05/19 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
05/20 Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco
05/21 Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre
05/22 Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall

Labyrinthitis is out 3/25 via Merge. Pre-order it here.

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