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Destroyer shares new song “Tinseltown Swimming in Blood” and video: Watch

on September 13, 2017, 12:08pm

Photo by Ted Bois

This October, Dan Bejar will release a new Destroyer album called ken. The follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed Poison Season was first hinted at with lead single “Sky’s Grey”; now, the Canadian singer-songwriter has unboxed another treat in “Tinseltown Swimming in Blood”.

A dreamy, ’80s-leaning track, it also comes packaged with an official music video. The alluring piece is an adaptation of the 1962 sci-fi short film La Jetée and comprised of black-and-white still photos. According to director KC (aka Karen Zolo), it reflects on issues of identity, borders, and race:

“I’d just had a conversation about artist Chris Marker with a friend when I was approached to make a music video for the upcoming Destroyer album,” said Zolo. ‘You have a month.’ Okay… I had no idea what the song even sounded like, but the only idea I had was to remake Chris Marker’s La Jetée as faithfully as possible. It’s not just an homage to the great cine-poet; it’s also about the medium of film, about still photography. It would have been a billion times easier and less stressful to shoot it digitally, but it was worth it.”

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Watch it below.

ken arrives October 20th through Merge Records. In support, Bejar’s announced 2018 North American tour dates.

Destroyer 2017-2018 Tour Dates:
11/12 – Hamburg, DE @ Kampnagel
11/13 – Aarhus, DK @ Voxhall
11/14 – Oslo, NO @ John Dee
11/15 – Stockholm, SE @ Fasching
11/16 – Copenhagen, DN @ Vega
11/17 – Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
11/19 – Dusseldorf, DE @ New Fall Festival
11/21 – Zurich, CH @ Rote Fabrik
11/22 – Montpellier, FR @ Le Rockstore
11/23 – San Sebastian, ES @ Teatro Victoria Eugenia
11/24 – Lisbon, PR @ Mexefest
11/25 – Madrid, ES @ Teatro Barcelo
11/26 – Valencia, ES @ La Rambleta
11/27 – Barcelona, ES @ Sala Bikini
11/29 – Lille, FR @ L’Aeronef
11/30 – Brighton, UK @ Patterns
12/01 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
12/03 – Dublin, IE @ Button Factory
12/05 – Glasgow, UK @ CCA (270)
12/06 – Newcastle, UK @ The Cluny
12/07 – London, UK @ Scala
12/08 – Paris, FR @ Petit Bain
12/09 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Noord
12/10 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique Brussels
01/10 – Portland, OR @ The Wonder Ballroom
01/11 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
01/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater
01/13 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
01/15 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
01/16 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
01/17 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
01/18 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe
01/19 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
01/20 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
01/21 – Detroit, MI Magic Stick
01/22 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
01/23 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmount
01/24 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
01/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
01/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
01/28 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
01/29 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
01/30 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
01/31 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
02/01 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
02/02 – St. Louis, MO @ Blueberry Hill
02/03 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
02/05 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
02/06 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
02/07 – Boise, ID @ Olympic Venue
02/08 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
02/09 – Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore Ballroom

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