The track marks the Las Vegas act’s second release this year following earlier single ‘Hallelujah’, and takes an unlikely direction that Panic! frontman Brendon Urie had earlier described as “like Beyonce and Frank Sinatra.”
The track is a notable change of pace for the band, taking on a slow, old-worldly feel, and is likely to feature on the as yet untitled fifth Panic! At The Disco studio album.
“Frank Sinatra turns 100 this year,” Urie posted on his Instagram. “I attach his music to so many memories: opening presents on Christmas day, my grandparents teaching the rest of the family to swing dance, watching ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ with my siblings (Sinatra makes a cameo in the form of a cartoon sword singing ‘Witchcraft’).”
“His music has been a major player in the soundtrack of my life. So it’s only right that I return the favor and/or pay it forward. I wrote a new album this year and even in the few songs that don’t sound remotely similar to any of his music I still felt his influence in the writing and the need to relate so personally to each song.”
“‘Death Of A Bachelor’ is very important to me. It expresses the bittersweet (but mostly sweet) end of an era. A look back at a part of my life now deceased. An ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’-esque look into a possibly different future. But mostly an appreciation for the present.”
The second new-album release seems likely to be a precursor to that fifth album launch date finally coming to light, but for now fans will have to make do with this: