Canadian indie rockers Destroyer have just released a new music video for their single “Stay Lost.” The video’s release comes alongside the start of Destroyer’s two-month North American tour, beginning tonight, Jan. 10, in Portland, Ore.
Lead by singer and frontman Dan Bejar, Destroyer was born in 1995 as a home-recording project that expanded to bring its independent abstract sounds to the masses. Bejar calls the group’s new video “a user’s guide to the world.”
The “Stay Lost” video, submerged in the song’s ambient electronica over flanging guitar effects, follows the narrative of a man who, though surrounded by family and friends, remains forever alone. The man builds a new world for himself, in between interlocking maps of tubing and psychedelic visuals of what appears to be the inside of the protagonist’s mind. In the end, its revealed that what the main character was building was nothing more than what can only be described as visual gibberish, complete with irrational doorways and mounds of insulation hanging off the side.
Oddly enough, the video takes us through the painstaking process of the character’s journey, carefully cutting wood, caulking tile and obsessing over a structure which, at the end, is revealed to make no sense.
Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, director of the video, had this to say:
The video tries to capture the song’s wit and ability to portray someone’s preoccupation, their metaphysical condition, with so few words. Stay Lost—an endorsement for those who don’t fit, for those who will build their own totems, and revel in their ability to do it.
“Stay Lost” is a single off Destroyer’s 12th album ken., available now. Watch the “Stay Lost” video and see the band’s tour dates below.
Destroyer Tour Dates
10 – Portland, Ore. @ The Wonder Ballroom
11 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fillmore
12 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Regent Theatre
13 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ The Crescent Theater
15 – Austin, Texas @The Mohawk
16 – Dallas, Texas @Club Dada
17 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Record Bar
18 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ Fine Line Music Cafe
19 – Madison, Wis. @ High Noon Saloon
20 – Chicago, Ill. @ Metro
21 – Detroit, Mich. @ Magic Stick
22 – Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
23 – Montreal, Quebec @ Theatre Fairmount
24 – Cambridge, Mass. @ The Sinclair
26 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Underground Arts
27 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Brooklyn Steel
28 – Washington, District of Columbia @ Black Cat
29 – Asheville, N.C. @ Grey Eagle
30 – Carrboro, N.C. @ Cat’s Cradle
31 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Terminal West
01 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Mercy Lounge
02 – St. Louis, Mo. @ Blueberry Hill
03 – Omaha, Nebr. @ The Waiting Room
05 – Denver, Colo. @ Bluebird Theater
06 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Urban Lounge
07 – Boise, Idaho @ Olympic Venue
08 – Seattle, Wash. @ Neptune Theatre
09 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ The Commodore Ballroom