Break-ups. The parting of two entwined people, and its overhauling effect – both emotionally and physically – has been subject to endless scores of books, songs and terrible haircuts crafted in its exploration. And one artist paying homage to all the great break-up songs of our time is Benedict Sinister with his art-house cover of the French musical legend Serge Gainsbourg’s 1973 track “I’ve Come to Tell You I’m Going Away”.
Bolstered by the French-Australian artist, producer and poet’s signature gravelly vocals, Sinister has also added a new spoken word section which name-checks ten seminal artists who have paved our understanding of the turmoil of break-ups, from Hemingway to Lana del Rey.
The impactful accompanying visuals sweep across Gainsbourg’s house in Paris over the course of a decade, depicting how a new smattering of graffiti covers the artwork underneath, year after year – a representation of the impermanence of love addressed by the song.
A revered music veteran, Sinister has spent the last 20 years performing all over the world, from DJing at beach bars in Senegal to playing covers of The Smiths in Mexico. The artist chooses to conceal his own face, choosing for his identity to take a back seat to the other artists that he pays homage to in his work. He explains: “I seek invisibility in order to make my idols more visible. I’m not interested in taking the limelight for myself. I don’t want or need fame. I’m a modest vessel channeling the genius of others.”
Watch the music video for “I’ve Come to Tell You I’m Going Away”…