Destroyer "Have We Met" out 1/31/20

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this is so sick: https://youtu.be/06ZLNLz2yGI

na (NA), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 20:41 (two years ago) link

the song and the video

na (NA), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 20:41 (two years ago) link

bejar is an underrated swearer

na (NA), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 21:28 (two years ago) link

His weedy fucking al stewart voice.

dell (del), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 22:27 (two years ago) link

all three tracks from this so far have been great. i'm expecting this to be one of my very favourite Destroyer records, up there with Kaputt

ufo, Thursday, 9 January 2020 01:23 (two years ago) link

Hmm.

The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 9 January 2020 02:19 (two years ago) link

fuck these singles are so good. i like all the videos too.

ken and poison season never clicked with me, worth going back to?

adam, Thursday, 9 January 2020 02:53 (two years ago) link

i really like poison season, it's one of his best

ken is decent but a little more inconsistent and suffers from not having his fantastic band from kaputt and poison season around. the live versions of most of the tracks are significantly better

ufo, Thursday, 9 January 2020 03:21 (two years ago) link

I'm loving the new songs! Some lyrics on instagram appeared for an unreleased track from 2009, which is colloquially known as 'It Aint Easy Being Baby' so I'm wondering if that one made it with a different title. Do check out Poison Season and ken when you can, they're both great albums imo. There's a new interview with Bejar on pitchfork also.

cajunsunday, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:25 (two years ago) link

wasn't really into the last 2 but so hype for this

ciderpress, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:37 (two years ago) link

Cue Synthetizer is such an earworm. It keeps getting stuck in my head, particularly those guitar parts.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 00:51 (two years ago) link

“No I don’t hope to”

calstars, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 01:28 (two years ago) link

Yeah I think "Cue Synthesiser" is the best yet.

Tim F, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 02:03 (two years ago) link

That Pitchfork profile was great, I didn’t know any of that stuff about Bejar working with David Berman on that lost record.

o. nate, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 18:45 (two years ago) link

quite a bit about the production choices in this Quietus interview https://thequietus.com/articles/27717-destroyer-dan-bejar-interview-have-we-met-2020

Captain ACAB (Neil S), Tuesday, 28 January 2020 10:54 (two years ago) link

album is very very good, probably second only to Kaputt in his catalogue. really gorgeous soundscapes

ufo, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 19:14 (two years ago) link

https://www.thelineofbestfit.com/features/interviews/destroyer-dan-bejar-nine-favourite-songs

this is another great piece

ufo, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 19:26 (two years ago) link

i liked that pitchfork piece but couldn't help but note that there's a mark's work warehouse in the kingsgate mall where you could definitely get green socks

frederik b. godt (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 28 January 2020 19:43 (two years ago) link

Could not for the life of me think who he sounded like then it came to me in a flash....

https://youtu.be/iQamw4xxxHY

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Tuesday, 28 January 2020 21:28 (two years ago) link

new album is out!

Just look at the world around you...
Actually, no, don’t look!

cajunsunday, Friday, 31 January 2020 09:46 (two years ago) link

famous novelist brothers shithead no. 1 and shithead no. 2

ufo, Friday, 31 January 2020 10:04 (two years ago) link

this album is GREAT. best since Kaputt.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Friday, 31 January 2020 12:22 (two years ago) link

xp I opened the thread to give it up for "Clickety-clack, the music makes a musical sound" and read ufo's post at the exact moment Dan was singing those words ^_^

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Friday, 31 January 2020 12:51 (two years ago) link

Ok this is dope

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Friday, 31 January 2020 13:01 (two years ago) link

quite the PR blitz this time around. Don't recall this much attention paid to the previous two.

Paul Ponzi, Friday, 31 January 2020 13:35 (two years ago) link

Every article I read mentioned how this started out as an idea to make a dark 'Y2K' record but in the end that only seems to come through for me in the lyrics. Musically this has a ton of really lovely moments. Maybe some of the synths and drums but this reminds me more of Kaputt era than anything else.Less emphasis on the yacht rock influences. Loving it.

gman59, Friday, 31 January 2020 16:40 (two years ago) link

this is good, not as good as kaputt or rubies but still top shelf destroyer

ciderpress, Friday, 31 January 2020 21:30 (two years ago) link

yeah, this is really good, I've only listened to it once but this seems better than 'ken' (which was good, but not a bit disappointing after Kaputt and Poison Season (which I still think is his best)).

silverfish, Friday, 31 January 2020 21:42 (two years ago) link

in a lot of the interviews he's said that the 'Y2K' thing was just that their initial plan was to try to make a late-90's trip-hop record but they quickly gave up because they had no idea what they were doing and that he wasn't sure how that became such a prominent part of the press release. would still love to hear a trip-hop destroyer record though

ufo, Friday, 31 January 2020 22:47 (two years ago) link

nicolas bragg has to be one of my favourite guitarists at this point

ufo, Saturday, 1 February 2020 01:44 (two years ago) link

haven't heard this but what a title!

Good taste, bit Victorian but who isn't? (jed_), Saturday, 1 February 2020 01:57 (two years ago) link

this album is really great

american bradass (BradNelson), Saturday, 1 February 2020 02:11 (two years ago) link

"It Just Doesn't Happen" is easily my favorite so far

I wanna publish memes and rage against machimes (rip van wanko), Saturday, 1 February 2020 03:34 (two years ago) link

The first three songs really

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 1 February 2020 03:42 (two years ago) link

One listen = ❤️

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 1 February 2020 05:38 (two years ago) link

haven't heard this but what a title!

― Good taste, bit Victorian but who isn't? (jed_), Friday, January 31, 2020 8:57 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

ok i need an explanation

I wanna publish memes and rage against machimes (rip van wanko), Saturday, 1 February 2020 06:14 (two years ago) link

Great album

Frederik B, Saturday, 1 February 2020 09:34 (two years ago) link

First listen and like it very much. Love the cover.

Ngolo Cantwell (Chinaski), Saturday, 1 February 2020 10:25 (two years ago) link

I kinda wish Bejar would make a soundtrack or an album of instrumental stuff. The title track is gorgeous.

Ngolo Cantwell (Chinaski), Saturday, 1 February 2020 10:49 (two years ago) link

i am not very convinced. there is still this cheap 80s keyboard sound. and i will never get over his voice. additionally i find his self-referential lyrics bloated and don't like his permanent use of words like "shit". besides being totally retro his music is also totally uninteresting retro. what is the point in making music today which seems to be written to break the charts in the 80s?

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 1 February 2020 21:24 (two years ago) link

I don't agree with any of that but I do think the hyperbole in this thread is a bit much

Paul Ponzi, Saturday, 1 February 2020 21:33 (two years ago) link

if you've never liked destroyer i wouldn't expect this to be the place someone would start liking him. i generally like all his weird stylistic quirks.

ken is the only previous album of his that has those sort of synth sounds and i think the synths on this album are much better-sounding generally. it's obviously drawing strongly on 80s sophisti-pop, as has most of his work from kaputt onward, but it's more than just a pastiche so it's not uninterestingly retro to me. over the past decade he & his band have done an excellent job of filtering various retro sounds through their own style to get something that feels distinctly destroyer. like nicolas bragg's guitar leads are a defining part of the destroyer sound and which 80s synthpop or sophistipop band had a player that sounds like him?

i went back to poison season to compare it to the new one and i'd probably put them at about equal second in his discography now.

ufo, Saturday, 1 February 2020 22:35 (two years ago) link

Nothing sounds "eighties" here, more like aural tips of the hat

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 1 February 2020 23:35 (two years ago) link

haven't heard this but what a title!

― Good taste, bit Victorian but who isn't? (jed_), Friday, January 31, 2020 8:57 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

ok i need an explanation

― I wanna publish memes and rage against machimes (rip van wanko),

I'm not sure why I like it so much, it's just very suggestive in many ways. A question but no question mark so maybe it's a statement that used to be a question. It's a phrase that has changed meaning since social media. Also, my oldest friend says to me when I ask her a question that I should already know the answer to.

Good taste, bit Victorian but who isn't? (jed_), Saturday, 1 February 2020 23:51 (two years ago) link

*says this to me

Good taste, bit Victorian but who isn't? (jed_), Saturday, 1 February 2020 23:51 (two years ago) link

Nothing sounds "eighties" here, more like aural tips of the hat

― TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, February 1, 2020 4:35 PM (thirty-five minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

yeah. “crimson tide” sounds like berlin bowie and every band inspired by berlin bowie collapsed into a single point, for instance. it’s not bound by the popular idea of the sound of a decade

american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, 2 February 2020 00:13 (two years ago) link

there's a bit of OMD in It Just Doesn't Happen

Captain ACAB (Neil S), Sunday, 2 February 2020 13:08 (two years ago) link

kaputt gestured toward avalon but i think this is bejar's actual roxy music album

american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, 2 February 2020 18:43 (two years ago) link

foolssong

ciderpress, Monday, 3 February 2020 14:24 (two years ago) link

Really love this record!

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 22:45 (one year ago) link

I feel that after Trouble in Dreams, he's been on automatic pilot lyrically, and putting more energy into coming up with a big presentational concept for the arrangements/production on each album than writing songs. Same lyrical tics, same chord progressions over and over.

I didn't really like Have We Met either, but I did just watch all three videos from the album. They communicated a lot more than the songs alone. Maybe he needs to write a bunch of songs for a movie, or some other external framework to give his songs context.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 25 November 2020 01:07 (one year ago) link

I also adore this album, and the Philadelphia show in March was sublime.

Stem Cell Maria (Dr. Joseph A. Ofalt), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 04:53 (one year ago) link

My friend sent me this when I enthused about the new one in an email, thought it was interesting: https://www.thelineofbestfit.com/features/interviews/destroyer-dan-bejar-nine-favourite-songs

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Thursday, 26 November 2020 16:54 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r_N-BMBJMo

new album labyrinthitis is out 25 march

quite an interesting single, it's unusually hard for him

ufo, Tuesday, 11 January 2022 08:23 (seven months ago) link

love it.

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 17:50 (seven months ago) link

Been completely addicted to the new single, it has some of his best lyrics imo.

Van Horn Street, Saturday, 15 January 2022 12:59 (six months ago) link

I love the bit in the video where it says "DE-STROY-ER" for the line "insert three syllables here"

ceci n'est pas une messi (cajunsunday), Saturday, 15 January 2022 18:36 (six months ago) link

a few tracks in & he's super into new order again but the results are way cooler than on ken

ufo, Thursday, 27 January 2022 10:29 (six months ago) link

he's still coming up with ways to make what should be well-worn ground for him feel fairly fresh & inspired, another great album & up with his best

ufo, Thursday, 27 January 2022 11:04 (six months ago) link

it's most similar to the last one but more upbeat, denser & weirder

ufo, Thursday, 27 January 2022 11:09 (six months ago) link

yeah i really love this album

gets pretty close to being a kaputt sequel at times but always keeps things weirder

ufo, Thursday, 27 January 2022 23:47 (six months ago) link

where are you hearing it?

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Thursday, 27 January 2022 23:58 (six months ago) link

it's floating around out there, unusually early for these days

ufo, Friday, 28 January 2022 00:20 (six months ago) link

For me, his last really convincing record was Trouble in Dreams. His stylistic shift with Kaputt made sense, but the actual songs and lyrics since then have felt like Destroyer-by-numbers. I think he feels this shift, he's alluded to a change in mindset around 2010.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 28 January 2022 01:00 (six months ago) link

imo his only weak album since kaputt is ken.

i think the shift in sound from his previous folk/glam thing to the new sophisti-pop-adjacent palette from kaputt onwards has been a big improvement & fit his vocal approach much better. but i don't really love his old material or anything, i only really go back to your blues & rubies, so i can understand how someone who absolutely loved what he was doing before could be let down by his newer sound.

ufo, Friday, 28 January 2022 01:10 (six months ago) link

I wouldn't say I dislike the new style; I think the songwriting changed at the same time, but the two didn't have to go hand-in-hand. His lyrics don't hang together like they used to, it's like they're off-the-cuff jottings meant to sound as "Destroyer" as possible.
Aside from maybe one or two songs per record, all I get from them is semi-cynical mood music.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 28 January 2022 01:31 (six months ago) link

i haven't heard full destroyer albums for a while because i'm lazy but i'm obsessed with "crimson tide" and feel like i could also be with the new single. i think the lyrics for both are incredible. the new one manages to achieve this encapsulation of what it's like to drive across the desert now in 2022 when the climate is changing and the world is full of crazy shit in one line. the opening of "crimson tide" through the line about being on the lookout for anything that moves is just devastating. i don't hear cynicism, i hear a bunch of different strategies for survival.

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Friday, 28 January 2022 01:59 (six months ago) link

also the "crimson tide" video is so so good.

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Friday, 28 January 2022 02:02 (six months ago) link

the change in lyrical approach he's discussed was just becoming more restrained, so there's less of him trying to cram his dense poetry into his rock songs, which allows him to take a more relaxed vocal approach. he's gone back and forth with exactly how dense vs. relaxed he gets.

his lyrics have their ups and downs, but i'm not a huge lyrics person. sometimes they're very compelling and sometimes they're basically self-parody but still endearing. i can get how if you loved his older, denser lyrical approach you'd be disappointed by his move away from that post-trouble in dreams.

ufo, Friday, 28 January 2022 03:02 (six months ago) link

poison season was pretty dense, wasn't it? i didn't return to that one much, felt like a self-conscious throwback

Clay, Friday, 28 January 2022 03:26 (six months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Another new one. Didn't realise the album had already leaked

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

groovypanda, Tuesday, 15 February 2022 14:45 (five months ago) link

Eat the Wine is closer to the vibes of the whole record than Tintoretto. Also, it probably has the least interesting lyrics of the record, it's a groove tho.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 22:54 (five months ago) link

Anyone who's eaten wine with fork and knife on a Saturday night will relate.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 16 February 2022 22:56 (five months ago) link

I still think it's good mind you, maybe because it doesn't keep up with the three opening lines which are fantastic: Unfounded accusations // "Ruff, ruff" goes the beagle to the terrier // Been meaning to wear my hair like this for ages.

The rhythm section throughout the record is some of the best they've done. I am no musician so my understanding of these things are limited, but it sounds like from Have We Met they found a formula that just elevates everything else.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 16 February 2022 23:02 (five months ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3hFZkFgs-g

video for "june", one of the real highlights on this album

https://pitchfork.com/features/interview/destroyer-labyrinthitis/

and a good interview, though once again he mentions they started out with a cooler idea than what they ended up with:

"they set out to make what Bejar calls a “high-energy Cher record.” They imagined an unceasing four-on-the-floor beat going through an entire side of the LP, with Bejar spewing his cryptic musings between the pounding bass hits."

ufo, Thursday, 10 March 2022 00:14 (five months ago) link

you can hear the remnants of that idea in "suffer" and "all my pretty dresses" (a little of which is at the end of that video) but they didn't end up really going for it.

ufo, Thursday, 10 March 2022 00:23 (five months ago) link

dump him!

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Thursday, 10 March 2022 01:28 (five months ago) link

i like the concepts and the lyrics but i'm not feeling the music tbh

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Thursday, 10 March 2022 01:29 (five months ago) link

i take it back, the music is good

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Thursday, 10 March 2022 01:34 (five months ago) link

June is good

corrs unplugged, Thursday, 10 March 2022 18:09 (five months ago) link

Looking forward to the instrumentation album

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Thursday, 10 March 2022 18:41 (five months ago) link

*instrumental

X-Prince Protégé (sonnyboy), Thursday, 10 March 2022 18:42 (five months ago) link

The new song/video is genius. I'm excited for 'all my pretty dresses' too

cajunsunday, Thursday, 10 March 2022 22:35 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

album is out, it's still excellent, one of his very best

"it's in your heart now" is like, if robert fripp played lead on something from disintegration

ufo, Friday, 25 March 2022 09:51 (four months ago) link

sounds good on first listen

corrs unplugged, Saturday, 26 March 2022 10:33 (four months ago) link

Has it been put back in the U.K.?

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 28 March 2022 05:26 (four months ago) link

looks like the uk physical release is delayed until june?

https://bellaunion.ochre.store/release/266901-destroyer-labyrinthitis

ufo, Monday, 28 March 2022 05:55 (four months ago) link

"it's in your heart now" is like, if robert fripp played lead on something from disintegration

Late getting around to this one and haven't finished my first listen yet, but I wanted to call this post out as being very much otm.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 4 April 2022 21:37 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

I'm recent to Destroyer, having only heard Kaputt this year, and only now another with his latest, but it just struck me on "Tintoretto" that there's a David Tibet aspect to him. The mystique, the spoken word full of pathos and disassociated, attraction for piano and ambient/dance electronics, formula applicable to any sound, the fan obsession. Maybe a bit of a stretch. Anyway, I like the new album.

Nabozo, Tuesday, 19 April 2022 10:26 (three months ago) link

Obsessed with the second half of ‘June’.

triggercut, Tuesday, 19 April 2022 14:05 (three months ago) link

new album is my fav thing he's done in a long time

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 19 April 2022 14:20 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

its good feels like a logical extension of the last one but more uptempo

ciderpress, Friday, 6 May 2022 19:20 (three months ago) link

"all my pretty dresses" an instant fav, beautiful song

ciderpress, Friday, 6 May 2022 19:30 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

someone should make a soundboard that embeds additional gratuitous sound effects into "It Takes a Thief."

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Sunday, 22 May 2022 05:42 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2f_7OCWXtc

full show video

ufo, Sunday, 29 May 2022 01:29 (two months ago) link

wish audio was better

corrs unplugged, Monday, 30 May 2022 11:10 (two months ago) link

Saw him live for the first time recently. He seemed a little shy at first. It took him a few songs to get in the zone (the zone is brimstone and wire), but once he got there he was pretty good. He gave me the biggest introvert vibes I've ever seen off a live performer of his caliber.

They played actually very little of the new album! But the production on the record is so weird that I guess it'd be hard to reproduce live. It was cool to hear a lot of older material. They closed the show with a couple Kaputt tracks, which made me happy.

OneSecondBefore, Monday, 30 May 2022 18:08 (two months ago) link

I've seen Destroyer three times, and, perhaps unusually, Bejar seemed most comfortable at the show where he played solo acoustic.

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 30 May 2022 19:10 (two months ago) link

Why do you say that might be unusual? Makes sense to me, given his beginnings.

broccoli rabe thomas (the table is the table), Monday, 6 June 2022 22:53 (two months ago) link


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