Artist of the week: Destroyer
Heralded as the ultimate songwriter’s writer and meta-pop wizard due to his eloquent approach to songcraft and his deconstructionist lyrics, it came as no surprise that Destroyer mastermind Dan Bejar would react to the massive success and universal acclaim of 2011′s Kaputt with a shrug. The four year hiatus that followed were only partially interrupted by the release of Five Spanish Songs, a self-explanatory EP, containing five beautifully sung and arranged covers of tracks composed by Antonio Luque, the frontman of Spanish rock band Sr. Chinarro.
Poison Season, the new and recently released tenth LP from Destroyer, is another inspired and inspiring album that channels both 50s icons crooning and orchestral arrangements in order to deliver an exquisitely balanced collection that mixes sophisticated ballads with upbeat, funky gems. The Zeitgeist might be not on his side this time, but the muses are definitely still with him and his band.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.