The mellow but melodic track sees Dacus weaving together old Hollywood references to paint a picture of a relationship in crisis: “I’m in a second-story window/and you’re yelling at me ‘Stella!’/and I’m laughing cause you think you’re Brando but you’ll never come close.”
“‘Brando’ refers to a very dramatic friend I had in high school whose whole personality was the media he consumed,” Dacus says. “He showed me a lot of amazing movies and music, but I think he was more interested in using me as a scrapbook of his own tastes than actually getting to know me. He claimed to know me better than anyone else but I started to feel like all he wanted from me was to be a scene partner in the movie of his life.”
Dacus also unveiled a “Brando” video contest, asking fans to submit clips of themselves “dancing (or skateboarding, ice skating, roller blading, etc.),” for a chance to appear in the song’s official music video.
“Brando” follows previous Home Video singles “VBS,” “Hot & Heavy,” and “Thumbs.” The album will be released on June 25th via Matador. Following several dates supporting Bright Eyes in July, Dacus will headline a North American tour in support of Home Video, running through October.