Credit: Tim CadienteA Perfect Circle has released a new song called “So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish,” a track from the band’s forthcoming album, Eat the Elephant.
The deceptively catchy, upbeat tune is accompanied by a visualizer showing a constant loop of dolphins swimming through red-tinged water, which you can watch now on YouTube.
Despite its happy sound, “So Long” contains some dark lyrics, and references the recent deaths of David Bowie, actors Gene Wilder and Carrie Fisher, and boxing legend Muhammad Ali with the line “Willy Wonka, Major Tom/Ali and Leia have moved on.” The song’s title is also shared with the fourth installment of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy sci-fi comedy book series.
“We all cope with the absurd in our own manner,” says frontman Maynard James Keenan of the track. “The Italian side of me produces and shares wine with friends in order to feel grounded and connected in the midst of all the madness. But once the wine is gone, the drunk and sarcastic Irish side of me goes straight for the unreasonable jugular.”
Eat the Elephant, A Perfect Circle’s first new album in 14 years, arrives this Friday, April 20. It also features the previously released tracks “TalkTalk,” “Disillusioned” and “The Doomed.”
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