The name of the track may look familiar to longtime fans of The Killers, and that’s because the collaboration is a rework of their 2008 single ‘A Dusty Fairytale’, off their album Day & Age.
The track, officially released today, came with a note posted to Instagram by The Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers, speaking on the context of ‘Dustland’.
The song was written by Flowers as a way to try to understand the feelings of those closest to him, particularly his father, and as a catharsis for his own grief, during the midst of Flowers’ mother’s battle with cancer.
“‘Dustland’ was written in the middle of her battle with cancer,” he wrote. “It was an attempt to better understand my dad, who is sometimes a mystery to me. To grieve for my mother. To acknowledge their sacrifices and maybe even catch a glimpse of just how strong love needs to be to make it in this world.”
“It was my therapy. It was cathartic.”
“Bruce has written about a lot about people like my parents and found a whole lot of beauty in otherwise invisible people’s hopes and dreams. Their struggles, and their losses.”
“I’m grateful to him for opening up this door for me. I’m grateful to my parents for their example to me. Now go find something new about your dad, give your mum a hug and for god’s sake, listen to Bruce Springsteen.”
The Killers released their latest record Imploding The Mirage last year.
Listen to ‘Dustland’ and read Flowers’ full note below.
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