MBV namesakes The Bilinda Butchers released a top shelf track titled “The Lovers’ Suicide” earlier this week. It’s a track based on the short story “A Street Singer” by Lafcadio Hearn. I’ve never read the story, but I do know the San Francisco band can deliver sonic joy and this is probably my favorite track of theirs to date.
A little pop, a little rock, and a lot of beauty dominate “The Lovers’ Suicide”. There’s several layers of noise going on here, from the sparkly guitars to the more wave and gauze-wrapped sounds of the rest of the instrumentation and vocals. Somehow, The Bilinda Butchers make me feel sad when listening to this track, though the pace and delivery is most decidedly upbeat. It may have a good bit to do with the lyricism which, derived from the excerpt below of Lafcadio Hearn’s short story, feels markedly mournful and gloomy.
The CA duo will have the 7″ that includes “The Lovers’ Suicide” on March 15th. You can grab a vinyl of the 7″ here (B-side is “Love So Estranged”).