Dream Lover - Single
Dan Bejar may lend his talents to a number of musical projects (The New Pornographers, Swan Lake, Hello Blue Roses), but Destroyer is the moniker under which his musical impulses are truly unleashed, guided solely by his own vision. Each record he’s released under the Destroyer banner has been markedly different from the last – which makes the news of a forthcoming 11th a reason to take notice. Poison Season will be available in August, and is his first offering since his 2013 EP Five Spanish Songs and first full-length since 2011’s acclaimed Kaputt.
As for it’s sound, a press release explains that the disc will take it’s cues “from a distinctly British (usually Scottish, to be precise) strain of sophisti-pop: you might hear traces of Aztec Camera, Prefab Sprout, Orange Juice, or The Blow Monkeys. These songs merge a casual literary brilliance within intense melodic verve, nimble arrangements, and a certain blue-eyed-soul sadness.”
Early single “Dream Lover” is a joyous affair led by confident and high-spirited saxophones, which might suggest a Springsteen/Bowie “street-rock” vibe. We haven’t heard Bejar this buoyant in years, and it suits him well.
In support of Poison Season, Destroyer will play Toronto at the Danforth Music Hall on Sept 30, Montreal at Theatre Fairmount on Oct 1, and Vancouver at the Commodore Ballroom on Oct 17. Full details over at Merge Records.