Benedict Sinister is the mysterious alter-egopseudonym for an enigmatic acclaimed musician and artist who pays homage to the world’s greatest musicians, artists, producers and figureheads. He is faceless and a kind of ‘conduit’ for art itself. So kooky , strange but most certainly interesting.
This new single, I’ve Come To Tell You I’m Going Away, is an homage to legendary French artist Serge Gainsbourg with a translation of his track, penned about the break-up of a love affair as he himself was recovering from a heart attack. Benedict spoke with The Fountain about the track as well as current plans.
TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to I’ve Come To Tell You I’m Going Away?
Outstanding. I’ve received some classic comments from a curators and listeners, including: “this song was fresh and virile,” “your voice is sweet and so greasy,” “got good bad feelings with this music” and “I’m scaredddddd.”
TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?
This Leonard Cohen-style adaptation of a Serge Gainsbourg song from 1973 is a devastating dirge on the theme of abandonment, with hints at morbidity and suicidal ideation – mixed in with some witty wordplay on cultural references.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this single release?
I’m expecting to get a call any day now about the Biden inauguration. The guy’s 77, meaning he’ll want to party like it’s 1959 – so I’m working on a fierce trap version of A Summer Place.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
The Ushuaïa Club would have to be my favourite. Not the one in Ibiza – the one I mean is a disreputable bar in Ushuaïa in Patagonia. They call Ushuaïa “the end of the world.” Some people think it’s because it’s the most Southern tip of South America. But anyone who’s been there knows that’s not the real reason….
The next place I look forward to gigging would be the Colosseum in Rome, where I plan to record my epic prog rock concept album and pay-per-view TV special – Cop You Later, Gladiator.