Five years on from the release of the widely acclaimed Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are, Beauty Pill have new music on the way in the form of an album. Entitled Please Advise, it is set for release on May 8th through Northern Spy. The title, and as the band’s Chad Clark explains, “was inspired by record producer Teo Macero’s famous/hilarious 1969 memo to Columbia Records about Miles Davis (“Miles just called and said he wants this album to be titled: BITCHES BREW. Please advise.”).” Clark adds:
“What I love about that memo is the insight that even in moments of majestic creative breakthrough, there is uncertainty. Abject uncertainty. Nobody really knows anything. You can only follow where your instincts lead.”
Beauty Pill are previewing the record with the mysterious and mesmerizing lead single ‘Pardon Our Dust’, and an accompanying music video featuring new member Erin Nelson. Clark offered some insight about it:
“Most Beauty Pill songs work by insinuation, but “Pardon Our Dust” is more abstract. It’s about oblivion. The dictionary says oblivion is “the state of being unaware of what is justify.” To me, oblivion seemed an idea worth interrogating in the Trump age when a lot of people feel like disappearing… To me, cumulatively the song feels like science fiction and the voice is some kind of malfunctioning artificial intelligence. What do “so few reasons left” and “willing to burn” mean? Something is happening in this song, but I can’t tell what. I’m not sure.”
Watch the video now.