Destroyer - Poison Season

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Poison Season:

1 Times Square, Poison Season
2 Dream Lover
3 Forces From Above
4 Hell
5 The River
6 Girl in a Sling
7 Times Square
8 Archer on the Beach
9 Midnight Meet the Rain
10 Solace's Bride
11 Bangkok
12 Sun in the Sky
13 Times Square, Poison Season II

Bee OK, Friday, 12 June 2015 02:12 (two years ago) Permalink

i know this has started to be talked about in the Kaputt thread but this album needs its own thread.

Bee OK, Friday, 12 June 2015 02:13 (two years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uB-KT2f71lg

Bee OK, Friday, 12 June 2015 02:13 (two years ago) Permalink

Looking forward to this.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 12 June 2015 08:32 (two years ago) Permalink

just pre-ordered. now I have a reason to stay alive through the worst of the north carolina summer (the *real* poison summer)

Heroic melancholy continues to have a forceful grip on (bernard snowy), Friday, 12 June 2015 11:42 (two years ago) Permalink

ugh "real poison season" obviously too early for my schtick (*unplugs schtick & returns to bed*)

Heroic melancholy continues to have a forceful grip on (bernard snowy), Friday, 12 June 2015 11:43 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

This is beginning to shape up to something pretty interesting!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcWD_CroKhc

Frederik B, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 23:02 (two years ago) Permalink

album of the year

nomar, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 23:25 (two years ago) Permalink

I was willing to get on board for Dream Lover, but this song is terrible.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 8 July 2015 23:44 (two years ago) Permalink

I just noticed "Archer on the Beach" in the tracklisting -- surely a new/rerecorded version -- but what will it sound like??

Heroic melancholy continues to have a forceful grip on (bernard snowy), Thursday, 9 July 2015 00:39 (two years ago) Permalink

btw I got 30 seconds into "Girl in a Sling" before deciding that I should kill a fifth of gin to properly appreciate it

Heroic melancholy continues to have a forceful grip on (bernard snowy), Thursday, 9 July 2015 00:42 (two years ago) Permalink

thanks for posting that Frederik, it is a lot slower than i thought it would be.

Bee OK, Thursday, 9 July 2015 01:39 (two years ago) Permalink

i'm excited for this record to be less straightforward than i thought it was. "girl in a sling" sounds very... interstitial

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Thursday, 9 July 2015 01:51 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah that's a good take

on first listen i liked everything apart from the chorus
on second listen i turned it off during the first chorus
third listen, prompted by reflecting that "nothing but gold" = not-platinum*, restored my faith in Destroyer's corrosive irony

*lol kaput?

Heroic melancholy continues to have a forceful grip on (bernard snowy), Thursday, 9 July 2015 03:10 (two years ago) Permalink

this leaked btw

carly bae jepsen (monotony), Thursday, 9 July 2015 13:23 (two years ago) Permalink

sounds pretty great, as promised bejar's singing chops are tops

on first listen sounds more like a song that connects other songs on the album than a single, actually I'm getting a very pleasant musical/dramatic vibe

hyped

niels, Thursday, 9 July 2015 13:31 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah "girl in a sling" is nice but not very consistent.
"dreamlover" is a bit meh imo.
still, looking forward to this.
I liked the spanish EP.

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 9 July 2015 13:33 (two years ago) Permalink

maybe both seem a bit underdeveloped or underplayed melodically? that could be a strength in the long run, make for a grower of an album

niels, Thursday, 9 July 2015 13:54 (two years ago) Permalink

both new songs have sounded great to me

tylerw, Thursday, 9 July 2015 14:07 (two years ago) Permalink

dissapointing.

Bejar sounds tired and like reharsing some of his old melodies.

production is scott walker style..it's ok i guess..

nostormo, Thursday, 9 July 2015 15:57 (two years ago) Permalink

heh, i kind of feel like bejar only has 4-5 melodies he's been rehashing for 15 years! but i am ok with that.

tylerw, Thursday, 9 July 2015 16:04 (two years ago) Permalink

i'll correct myself: profuction is walker/roxy music/steely dan/foxtrot with vocals up front.
it's nice though but nothing to write home about.

nostormo, Thursday, 9 July 2015 16:14 (two years ago) Permalink

I like "Forces From Above" and "Solace's Bride" quite a bit. The rest didn't really register on the first go.

the naive cockney chorus (Simon H.), Thursday, 9 July 2015 16:35 (two years ago) Permalink

yeah, he never struck me as a particularly prolific melodist... and that's fine with me !
it's kinda nice to have this familiar environment throughout their work.

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 9 July 2015 16:51 (two years ago) Permalink

I love how he pronounces some words, like 'heavens' in Forces From Above, which is an astounding track.

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 9 July 2015 17:36 (two years ago) Permalink

it's kinda nice to have this familiar environment throughout their work.
yeah i mean he's in good company here ... dylan, cohen, callahan, etc.

tylerw, Thursday, 9 July 2015 17:42 (two years ago) Permalink

Now at Time Square (the second one), I'm sold.

Van Horn Street, Thursday, 9 July 2015 17:50 (two years ago) Permalink

Trying to figure out what those horns in "Midnight Meet the Rain" remind me of. Some blaxploitation soundtrack like Black Belt Jones or maybe something from Cowboy Bebop. Kind of caught me off guard at first.

MarkoP, Thursday, 9 July 2015 18:23 (two years ago) Permalink

"forces from above" is saxtastic

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 14 July 2015 20:42 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This is streaming at NPF First Listen.
http://www.npr.org/2015/08/19/432716740/first-listen-destroyer-poison-season#playlist

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 20 August 2015 18:32 (two years ago) Permalink

wasn't he bragging about how he recorded vocals on the last record while making a sandwich? i wonder if he's moved on to egg salad here.

Thee Macallan 18 Year, Thursday, 20 August 2015 20:39 (two years ago) Permalink

are you implying that one would eat egg salad outside of a sandwich?

oh, i am a lonlely poster. i live in a box of posts. (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 20 August 2015 21:36 (two years ago) Permalink

I've seen it with my own eyes.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 20 August 2015 23:03 (two years ago) Permalink

phantastic album. so rich. lots of slightly disharmonic free-jazzy sounds. i still did not get used to his thin nasal micky mouse voice but it does not really disturb me anymore.

it's the distortion, stupid! (alex in mainhattan), Sunday, 23 August 2015 10:15 (two years ago) Permalink

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/23/arts/music/destroyer-takes-another-sharp-turn-toward-the-fringe.html

Interesting interview, although I feel like I read him talk about his Van Morrison fandom elsewhere as well as his kid's musical interests in pop and his own less enthusiastic take on Springsteen.

curmudgeon, Monday, 24 August 2015 20:19 (two years ago) Permalink

Feel like there's a risk this album will new jersey

niels, Monday, 24 August 2015 21:50 (two years ago) Permalink

first listen and i love this

tayto fan (Michael B), Friday, 28 August 2015 00:24 (two years ago) Permalink

have yet to hear this.

Bee OK, Friday, 28 August 2015 02:52 (two years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krpcRnxVCmA

Bee OK, Friday, 28 August 2015 02:52 (two years ago) Permalink

Great album, so relaxing. Love the arrangements.

calstars, Friday, 28 August 2015 22:29 (two years ago) Permalink

The three repetitions of the Times Square theme used at the beginning, middle and end of the album are like the three pieces of bread on a double cheeseburger.

calstars, Friday, 28 August 2015 22:32 (two years ago) Permalink

This is fabulous.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 31 August 2015 06:12 (two years ago) Permalink

cool garbage vocals

hunangarage, Monday, 31 August 2015 06:34 (two years ago) Permalink

hum. I have listened to this a couple of times and... find it a bit boring.
I Can't really see what you guys find so great about this.
nevertheless I was quite excited but maybe I was expecting too much...
It might be their album I like the least (I haven't heard them all though).
maybe it will grow though...

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 31 August 2015 10:07 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's pretty much how I feel too. I didn't care for Kaputt and I'd say this one is a bit better in places but overall, yeah, I'm getting really bored halfway through.

moans and feedback (Dinsdale), Monday, 31 August 2015 11:06 (two years ago) Permalink

There's not a lot of guitar on this album. But there's a lot of piano. And strings. It's cool, but very different from what I had anticipated.

niels, Monday, 31 August 2015 16:49 (two years ago) Permalink

very enjoyable easy listening

doing my Objectives, handling some intense stuff (LocalGarda), Monday, 31 August 2015 16:50 (two years ago) Permalink

There are some nice textures and the rocking (which happens too rarely) generally excites, but the lyric that sticks with me after ~one listen is "You float down the Rhine, clutching a plastic bag" & that's only memorable because it's so transparent

Heroic melancholy continues to have a forceful grip on (bernard snowy), Monday, 31 August 2015 18:23 (two years ago) Permalink

some plastic bags are opaque fyi

pdf booklet in the cheesecaked factory (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 1 September 2015 17:10 (two years ago) Permalink

what is sophistipop, actually ?
is it anything beyond roxy music's "avalon" and B.Ferry's "boys and girls" ?

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 3 September 2015 13:44 (two years ago) Permalink

Destroyer covered Everywhere on their Kaputt-tour, and yeah, I thought that was sophisti-pop?

Frederik B, Thursday, 3 September 2015 13:52 (two years ago) Permalink

It's a retrospective genre name so it's in the ear of the beholder but I wouldn't include Tango in the Night. The Wikipedia entry lists most of my least favourite 80s bands.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sophisti-pop

Alfred co-wrote a great Bluffer's Guide about it.

http://www.stylusmagazine.com/articles/bluffer/sophisti-pop.htm

impossible raver (Re-Make/Re-Model), Thursday, 3 September 2015 15:34 (two years ago) Permalink

this album is very pretty. it's no Kaputt part two but a pleasant listen. there are no stand out songs but i can see listening this a lot over the next few months.

Bee OK, Friday, 4 September 2015 01:55 (two years ago) Permalink

Baffled by people saying there are no stand-out songs on this; individual songs have leapt up at me far quicker than Kaputt.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 4 September 2015 13:06 (two years ago) Permalink

"You can fall in love with Times Square"

pdf booklet in the cheesecaked factory (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 4 September 2015 18:18 (two years ago) Permalink

but the song you see

pdf booklet in the cheesecaked factory (Sufjan Grafton), Friday, 4 September 2015 18:18 (two years ago) Permalink

This album is far more song-based than Kaputt, and I'm baffled if at least Dream Lover doesn't immediately stand out for people.

Frederik B, Saturday, 5 September 2015 00:59 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm starting to like this a lot.

Thanks, Re-Make!

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 5 September 2015 02:28 (two years ago) Permalink

This album is far more song-based than Kaputt, and I'm baffled if at least Dream Lover doesn't immediately stand out for people.

Only had one run through this so far, but Dream Lover / Forces From Above hooked me in immediately. Love that cello on Forces ...

Steve Reich In The Afternoon (Against The 80s), Saturday, 5 September 2015 09:32 (two years ago) Permalink

Destroyer covered Everywhere on their Kaputt-tour

Is there a recording of this anywhere?

ufo, Tuesday, 8 September 2015 05:56 (two years ago) Permalink

pretty good album

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 8 September 2015 11:09 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

"Times Square" is such a jam

ciderpress, Wednesday, 23 September 2015 13:38 (two years ago) Permalink

love the "Young Americans guitar

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 23 September 2015 13:43 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

the album as a whole hasn't hit nearly as hard as kaputt but i do really like 'times square'

jason waterfalls (gbx), Friday, 16 October 2015 23:53 (two years ago) Permalink

"Times Square" sounded good live a few weeks ago.

I feel like I mentioned it on another Destroyer thread.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 02:31 (two years ago) Permalink

This album is growing on me big time. It's got a lot going on musically--i like the slightly dialed back word count--and the arrangements/production are really good.

Iago Galdston, Sunday, 1 November 2015 01:03 (two years ago) Permalink

Lots of nice trumpet moments

too young for seapunk (Moodles), Sunday, 1 November 2015 01:24 (two years ago) Permalink

I like this, but I always skip "Dream Lover" because I think it's too noisy.

rap is dad (it's a boy!), Sunday, 1 November 2015 01:35 (two years ago) Permalink

do you like Psychedelic Furs?

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 1 November 2015 01:42 (two years ago) Permalink

I had to look up "Pretty In Pink." A little too Billy Idol for me.

rap is dad (it's a boy!), Sunday, 1 November 2015 01:47 (two years ago) Permalink

I love the backing horns on Sun in the Sky. Where can I hear more like that? Or is that part of the early Springsteen street rock sound?

Also, is the guitar part on The River played with a slide? I really love that slightly sitar-y guitar sound

Iago Galdston, Sunday, 1 November 2015 17:42 (two years ago) Permalink

xpost the opening of "Dream Lover" is kind of abrasive, especially late at night on a long drive when you've got the volume up for the lovely delicate opening track.

Tom Violence, Sunday, 1 November 2015 17:48 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

This has really grown on me - probably my second favourite of his now. Especially love The River and Times Square. I miss the sequencers etc. but there's still the all horn/guitar soloing that was so great on Kaputt. It feels like the album some band would have made just before turning to sequencers etc. for Kaputt in the 80s.

ufo, Tuesday, 17 November 2015 13:07 (two years ago) Permalink

agree, strong album, grower, tried to figure out what track to nominate for an eoy vote but couldn't choose betw "times square", "dream lover", "the river", "midnight meet the rain"

trumpet is v good

niels, Tuesday, 17 November 2015 13:28 (two years ago) Permalink

I'll take my chances on the rain.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 17 November 2015 13:29 (two years ago) Permalink

strong choice

niels, Tuesday, 17 November 2015 13:32 (two years ago) Permalink

This is pretty great--Bejar even cracks a couple of jokes! (posted it by accident on Kaputt thread)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxOL77KMcd8

Iago Galdston, Wednesday, 18 November 2015 18:44 (two years ago) Permalink

the other day I found myself wondering how it's possible to be "in a windowless room / ... / overlooking the river"

which I see now, as I write this, in fact makes perfect sense [via double-entendre]

artisanally blended vape juice smoothie (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 18 November 2015 19:12 (two years ago) Permalink

What a great video! Incredible sound production on these American radio stations, weird it doesn't translate into tv performances where sound ime is almost always unlistenable. Had tickets for destroyer Friday but can't go, glad I get to see these live takes of new tracks - gives a better sense of what's going on. Also nice to hear them play EU Oils, such a good band.

Reckon there's sort of a dirty pun in the "I seen Bangkok" line?

niels, Thursday, 19 November 2015 08:15 (two years ago) Permalink

Ha, I don't know about the pun, but yes--amazing band, amazing filming!

Iago Galdston, Thursday, 19 November 2015 18:36 (two years ago) Permalink

^agreed. makes me sad I skipped that tour ;_;

artisanally blended vape juice smoothie (bernard snowy), Thursday, 19 November 2015 18:57 (two years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

this album v good after all

Sufjan Grafton, Thursday, 17 December 2015 02:13 (one year ago) Permalink

yup it was a grower

niels, Thursday, 17 December 2015 11:21 (one year ago) Permalink

i heard a song off this on the radio and it just occured to me that dude must have a major nikki sudden/kunsworth/jacobites jones

Amira, Queen of Creativity (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 17 December 2015 19:45 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Been listening to this a lot lately. I was kind of underwhelmed by this when it was released, but right now this feels like my favorite album of 2015 and possibly favorite destroyer album.

silverfish, Sunday, 10 January 2016 02:54 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2G_sNJbfZA

groovypanda, Thursday, 31 March 2016 19:51 (one year ago) Permalink

I dunno

Iago Galdston, Thursday, 31 March 2016 20:56 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

New track

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNcY93meSlo

Moodles, Friday, 11 August 2017 17:15 (four months ago) Permalink

Destroyer - ken

-_- (jim in vancouver), Friday, 11 August 2017 17:20 (four months ago) Permalink

Ah, hadn't seen that

Moodles, Friday, 11 August 2017 17:31 (four months ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Saw Destroyer for the first time playing the Glasgow CCA last night...I need to ask has he / have they always been this good live?

That was honestly one of the best shows I've ever been to and I wouldn't have rated Dan's recorded work even close to my favourite stuff .

It was LOUD, felt/sounded very little like the album versions, and the band were totally killing it. Dan wasn't even the focal point like I was expecting. It was fluid and felt like the sounds could go anywhere - completely engaging. Very improvisational feel like when a jazz trio just clicks y'know but they were nailing, NAILING the accents/grooves/dynamics as a group. Right, gush over.

The funny thing was is half the time the musicians didn't even look into it and their stage chat (or lack of) was a bit off.

finlay (fionnland), Wednesday, 6 December 2017 16:57 (one week ago) Permalink

he's had that fantastic (as far as i can tell from recordings anyway) live band since touring Kaputt

ufo, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 17:15 (one week ago) Permalink

anyway that post lead to me finding this fantastic live version of Certain Things You Ought To Know

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9B26WXX3EEA

ufo, Wednesday, 6 December 2017 17:37 (one week ago) Permalink

Something about this video looked oddly familiar until I finally recognized the back of my head.

Fantastic show. I've always liked that venue.

Millsner, Thursday, 7 December 2017 09:11 (six days ago) Permalink

I saw them for the Kaputt tour : it was good, especially since I loved the album, but it didn't particularly struck me as a great live performance.
As for this latest album, it might be my favourite after Kaputt, now.
the songs are less strong but the production/arrangements are fabulous.

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 7 December 2017 09:14 (six days ago) Permalink

Saw them 4 nights ago in Manchester - same experience: blown away to an unexpected degree. Loud, tight, everything clicking. There was also something about the eight of them only just about fitting on the tiny stage.

Dan wasn't even the focal point
Most people I was with were in love with the sax player.

dorsalstop, Friday, 8 December 2017 23:18 (five days ago) Permalink

Gutted to have missed them on this tour.

I think Poison Season might be his/their masterpiece sometimes, much as I love Kaputt. New one has good highs, but nowhere near as consistent.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 9 December 2017 16:35 (four days ago) Permalink

I saw them in London. It was cool! I’ve been a fan since 2004 so it was great to finally see them live. Found it funny that Bejar crouched down for any of the extended musical interludes. The sax freak outs were f-ing amazing.

cajunsunday, Saturday, 9 December 2017 22:50 (four days ago) Permalink


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