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Destroyer Unveils New Single, ‘Eat the Wine, Drink the Bread’

His second single in as many months, the track will appear on the forthcoming Destroyer album, LABYRINTHITIS, when it arrives next month.

Nicolas Bragg*

Canadian indie-rock outfit Destroyer – the critically-acclaimed project of Dan Bejar – has shared their next single of 2022, with “Eat the Wine, Drink the Bread” serving as the latest taste of his forthcoming record, LABYRINTHITIS.

Having last released a full-length collection of songs by way of 2020’s Have We Met, LABYRINTHITIS is set to serve as Destroyer’s 13th record, and already is shaping up to be one of their finest releases to date. First teased by way of January’s “Tintoretto, It’s for You”, the first single appeared to showcase the latest sonic focus of Destroyer, with bass heavy synths and verbose lyrics peppering the track.

Now, “Eat the Wine, Drink the Bread” sees this sound being explored more heavily, with an almost dancefloor-ready instrumental being paired with somber piano, creating an intriguingly extroverted yet introspective piece of work.

I don’t know where I’m going/it’s insane in here, it’s lunacy out there,” sings Bejar on the track, with the lyrics almost giving an insight into the feeling behind the song’s creation.

Of course, the varied sounds aren’t working against each other, with Bejar’s initial sessions with long-term collaborator John Collins seeing them look toward the dancefloor for inspiration. While ideas came forth from places such as disco, to the discographies of New Order or Art of Noise, the result is an album that can only be described as kaleidoscopic and maximalist.

With LABYRINTHITIS set for release on March 25th via the iconic Merge Records label, Destroyer has also shown avid fans once again how much of a musical chameleon the project truly is. With a stellar discography of releases having sprung forth since the arrival of 1996’s We’ll Build Them a Golden Bridge, it remains to be seen what’s next for Destroyer, but as always, it’ll be fun finding out.

Destroyer’s “Eat the Wine, Drink the Bread” is out now, while new album, LABYRINTHITIS, will be released on March 25th via Merge Records, with pre-orders available now.