You never really know quite what to expect from Dan Bejar except excellence. He has been releasing albums under the Destroyer moniker for nearly 20 year now, during which time he’s accumulated not just vast critical acclaim but also a collection of some of the finest records of his generation.
He started Destroyer as a solo home-recording project in the early to mid-nineties – since then he’s always gone the road less travelled, exploring and overturning genres such as glam, MIDI, yacht rock, and even underground Spanish independent artists.
His is a body of work that consistently defies expectation as he tries on different styles for size, always making them his own: piano balladry, Bowie and Mott the Hoople-inspired glam, psychedelia, polished Prefab Sprout-ish pop.
Whatever the case, his creations are characterized by arch poetic lyrics and idiosyncratic vocals. Just listen to Ken, his 12th studio album which is informed by New Order in their 80s pomp, though his lyrics remain as cryptic as ever. The beauty in Destroyer’s music translates perfectly to a live setting – Bejar’s warm vocals, backed by an extraordinarily talented band, drawing you right into the show.