"Flyentology" was written by El-P after he experienced a near fatal plane crash. The emcee/producer has always had an intense fear of flying, and his worst nightmare came true on a recent flight. Shortly after take-off, one of the engines exploded and the plane had to make a rough emergency landing. In the aftermath of the traumatic incident, El-P reexamined his thoughts on faith and religion.
"I realized that my spiritual life exists only while on planes. During the experience I found myself praying, and I don’t even know how to pray. So this is my song about religion, which I think a lot of people can relate to. It’s my admittance of being an asshole who thinks he’s better than God until the very moment when I realize that not only am I not, but I really, really want God to love me and take care of me", explained El-P.
El-P first worked with Trent Reznor when he remixed the NIN front man's single "Only". They kept in touch and when El-P began production work on "Flyentology," he realized that Reznor would be the perfect addition for the song. Reznor worked on the track while on tour and emailed El-P his takes. "Trent completely surprised me by how generous he was creatively", said El-P. "Every part I asked him to do he did several versions of so that I could choose my favorites. It made me wonder if I were as famous as he is if I would be that cool. I hope so"..
"Flyentology" b/w "EMG" is available nowy via iTunes. The Adult Swim produced music video will premier on Comedy Central soon. I'll Sleep When You're Dead will be released on March 20th and features guest appearances from The Mars Volta, Aesop Rock, Cage, Cat Power, and other high profile artists.
"Flyentology" feat. Trent Reznor