While the return of Dan Auerbach‘s side project The Arcs is undoubtedly a joyous occasion, the reunion is also marred by loss. The group’s drummer/keyboardist Richard Swift passed away in 2018, succumbing to an alcohol addiction that plagued his life. Arriving seven years after the group’s lauded debut, Yours, Dreamily, The Arcs’ next effort, Electrophonic Chronic (out January 27th), serves as a memorial to their late bandmate, as heard on the sophomore single, “Heaven Is A Place”.

Though Electrophonic Chronic features the band’s original lineup of Auerbach, Swift, Leon MichelsNick Movshon, and Homer Steinweiss, “Heaven Is A Place” was mainly written after Swift’s death at 41. Michels’ B3 organ and Rhodes piano strike the tone of an interstellar wake, while Auerbach’s repeated fuzzed-out, vaguely Dean Ween guitar phrase combined with poignant lyrics send his fallen bandmate off into the afterlife. “Heaven is a place I know, where all the lovers go / And when they die / Everything they had on Earth is multiplied.” The video, directed by the band’s longtime visual collaborator Roboshobo, depicts Swift riding down Rainbow Road in the dove-white Cadillac that Auerbach sings of.

“This new record is all about honoring Swift,” Auerbach said of Electrophonic Chronic upon its announcement. “It’s a way for us to say goodbye to him, by revisiting him playing and laughing, singing. It was heavy at times, but I think it was really helpful to do it.”

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Watch the music video for The Arcs’ new single, “Heaven Is A Place”, and pre-order the album here.

The Arcs – “Heaven Is A Place” (Official Video)