Although several of Holy Fuck’s Canadian indie-rock peers can boast solo offshoots that really just sound like that particular artist stripped from the context of their surrounding band, that description never really applied to Brian Borcherdt, whose solo material as Dusted couldn’t feel further removed from the dancey hi-fi of his indietronica-gone-Krautrock band. Today he’s officially announcing Dusted’s new LP III (that’s the Roman numeral “3,” not “ill,” to be clear), along with the minimal single “They Don’t Know You” and it’s intimate video.
The new track recalls the late-hours folk-rock of artists like Phil Elverum, while incorporating eerie, echoing layered vocals. “This song was written for my hometown of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia at a time when I never thought I’d go back yet also felt its nearly unconscious pull,” Borcherdt shares of the track. “I’d close my eyes and picture myself being pulled along the twisting roads that led to the cape with it’s lone lighthouse. Passed over by tourism, there were places like this where I could be totally alone (or with my girlfriend or buddies around a campfire). Through all this nostalgia there is also a permeating fog of sadness. As I pictured my body floating along that road I felt all the darkness right there with me, as if it were the hand pulling me or the ghost following behind.”
If you’ve always pictured Borcherdt in a lighthouse, the “They Don’t Know You” video is the affirmation you’ve been waiting for. Watch it below.