Published Mar 06, 2018Paul de Jong — half of famously eclectic electro-acoustic collage duo the Books — is following up his 2015 solo debut IF with You Fucken Sucker. And to give us a taste of what's in store, he's now premiering the upcoming album's title track.
While the record is said to chart "a route of personal tragedy and emotional fatigue, and the loss and eventual retrieval of the illusion of control," there's definitely some soul searching going on here, even on the expletive-laden title track.
There are more fucks given in "You Fucken Sucker" than Greenpeace could fit in a boat, more fucks than in Steve Martin's rental car rant from Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
Yet, with the help of vocalist is Jennifer Cavanaugh, it's delivered in a preciously tweaked acoustic setting, a kind of downtempo glitch-pop folktronica, with the twee fairy tale lyrics delivered in a feminine lilt. It's cutely aggressive, sensitive yet seething, like a resigned exorcism of quiet grief before life goes on.
Listen to "You Fucken Sucker" below for yourself.
You Fucken Sucker is set to drop on April 6 via Temporary Residence. You can pre-order it here.