Saturday, 25 February 2012
Late Again - Destroyer
A big thanks to Tim who does an occasional series of posts over at Hissy Fit for writing about this in a way that made me go straight on to Spotify to give it a listen and then straight down to hmv to buy a copy.
Destroyer are not a death metal band but the recording name of Canadian Daniel Bejar , contributor the New Pornographers , who has released numerous solo lps and eps since 1995.
Starting off citing Pavement as an influence, this latest lp Kaputt has seen a bit of a major shift in style.
If you didn't know any better you would think this was recorded by someone in the UK in about 1984 , someone who had taken early Prefab Sprout , Avalon period Roxy Music, a smidgen of Tin Drum and a bit of Power Corruption and Lies and mixed them all together.
Add in Steely Dan , well not Steely Dan direct but all those mid 80s bands that were inspired by Steely Dan and you have Kaputt
There is a great sense of humour running through the lyrics and enough quirky chord changes that would keep Paddy McAloon happy.
It is one of those albums that you hear something new every time you listen to it. Out last year , it would have been close to the top of my best of if I'd bought it when it came out
you can buy Kaputt by Destroyer here - go on take a punt
I've posted the opening track, it is pretty representative or as much as it can be when the the lp also has a 20 min track that doesnt begin to outstay its welcome
Chinatown - Destroyer