11 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Destroyer’s Dan Bejar specializes in baroque pop-rock that’s immediate accessibility is undermined by an active mind rambling with thoughts both precise and abstract. The Vancouver songwriter spends enough time getting weird to make you wonder what point he’s actually trying to make. Imagine Mark E. Smith without the punk abrasion or Momus without the literary name-dropping hang-ups and you’ve entered the mystery tour that is “Leopard of Honor,” a constantly shifting dynamic tune that swings from moments of whispers and random chants to swirling organ catharsis and back. It’s as if the song drifts without a beginning or end, just a permanent middle. It’s a bewitching ambition, a desire to find new psychedelic space without resorting to the trappings of that 1960’s genre. “Plaza Trinidad” operates with a high over-emotive weirdness. “Libby’s First Sunrise” reflects a (self?) realization that constantly avoiding ambition and career building leads to a directionless world of messing around.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Destroyer’s Dan Bejar specializes in baroque pop-rock that’s immediate accessibility is undermined by an active mind rambling with thoughts both precise and abstract. The Vancouver songwriter spends enough time getting weird to make you wonder what point he’s actually trying to make. Imagine Mark E. Smith without the punk abrasion or Momus without the literary name-dropping hang-ups and you’ve entered the mystery tour that is “Leopard of Honor,” a constantly shifting dynamic tune that swings from moments of whispers and random chants to swirling organ catharsis and back. It’s as if the song drifts without a beginning or end, just a permanent middle. It’s a bewitching ambition, a desire to find new psychedelic space without resorting to the trappings of that 1960’s genre. “Plaza Trinidad” operates with a high over-emotive weirdness. “Libby’s First Sunrise” reflects a (self?) realization that constantly avoiding ambition and career building leads to a directionless world of messing around.

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