101 - Kaputt by Destroyer 2011
I've got Toronto Tim to thank for this one. I'd have never bought it in a million years (thinking they were probably a Scandinavian death metal band) without his post on Trev's Hissy Fit
From 2011 but just as well could have been the same year as yesterdays post. It has got a Avalon Roxy Music , Prefab Sprout , Scritti Politti , etc. all stretching back to Steely Dan.
Even the lyrics a full of knowing references to Smash Hits , New order etc.
The sounds seem to be lifted form a 100 records you've loved before (Savage Night at the Opera could have come straight from Lo Life complete with Peter Hook bass) but the sound is so shiny and crisps that it moves ahead of retro pastiche into something much more modern.
The video from the title track starts like a Robert Palmer video and then turns it on its head. As a fan imagines life as a pop star "wasting your days , chasing some girls , chasing cocaine" and ends as a love letter to the british music press
Blue Eyes has the same fan in the bedsit land " a permanent figure of jacked up sorrow" writing poetry and obsessing about a New Order loving girl.
Blue Eyes - Destroyer
The Bay of Bigs (detail) is a 20 min bit of gorgeous instrumentation that starts as if it wanted to be on a follow up to Tin Drum
Goodness knows what the 8 min suicide demo for Kara Walker is about but the sense of mood is spot on with some wonderful atmospheric guitar to get things going beofre the .. flute comes in !
I'll finish with a live version of my favourite track and the one the echoes those mid 80s scottish bands who had all listened to Steely Dan
You can by Kaputt here