Destroyer

Destroyer is Dan Bejar from Vancouver, British Columbia. Kaputt is his latest vision: an opulent, lyrical, game-changing masterpiece to rank with the choicest works of Sade, Scritti Politti, Simply Red and Steely Dan. For a more contemporary touchstone, feel free to consider it the sad-eyed psychic cousin of GAYNGS' smooth opus Relayted. These elaborate songs were lovingly crafted by a large studio ensemble of dedicated players; they are given fresh life on the road by an eight-piece touring band which will visit European shores for the first time this year. Kaputt was released by the good people of Merge in North America, entering the Billboard chart at number 62 and receiving exultant hosannas from such august publications as The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Spin and The Washington Post. Pitchfork awarded it their Best New Music accolade, noting that "Kaputt feels wise. Like a mirror that actually points back at something better. Something you can jam and let wash over you, but also something you can use. It feels funny, tragic, artful, and ultimately true." The record scored an A- grade when reviewed by The Onion's A.V. Club, who declared: "Kaputt rolls luxuriously in its own plush soft-rock grandeur, powerfully alluring and deeply sad at the same time." Dead Oceans are honoured to be Destroyer's new home for the UK and Europe. Welcome to Avalon, people. This is a paradigm shift. Kaputt by Malaparte, which Bejar has never read... Kara Walker, specifically the lyrics she contributed to the song "Suicide Demo For Kara Walker"... Chinatown, the neighborhood bordering on Bejar's... Baby blue eyes... 80s Miles Davis... 90s Gil Evans... Last Tango In Paris... Nic Bragg, who played lead guitar on every song, again... Fretless bass... The hopelessness of the future of music... The pointlessness of writing songs for today... V-Drums... The superiority of poetry and plays... And what's to become of film?... The Cocaine Addict... American Communism... Downtown, the neighborhood bordering on Bejar's... The LinnDrum... Avalon and, more specifically, Boys And Girls... The devastated mind of JC/DC, who recorded, produced and mixed this record from fall of 2008 to spring of 2010... The back-up vocals of certain Roy Ayers and Long John Baldry tours... Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence... These are some of the themes alluded to or avoided in the album Kaputt...

WATCH // Destroyer Premieres Video For “Bye Bye”, European Tour Starts December 1st

Today you can watch Dan Bejar‘s new video for “Bye Bye” via The Quietus off his new EP, Five Spanish Songs. The new EP, a followup to 2011′s Kaputt, comes out December 2nd through Dead Oceans in the UK and Europe and consists of songs written by Spanish musician Antonio Luque of the band Sr. Chinarro. Watch the chicken filled video above or on YouTube here.

Click read more for info on the album including Bejar’s thoughts, info about the UK/EU solo acoustic tour by Bejar in December after the album release, and to hear another track off the album, , El Rito.
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TOUR ANNOUNCE // Destroyer Premieres New Track “El Rito”, Announces US Tour Dates

Destroyer fans! Take a listen to a new track off Dan Bejar’s new EP, Five Spanish Songs, called “El Rito”. The new EP, a followup to 2011′s Kaputt, comes out December 2nd through Dead Oceans in the UK and Europe and consists of songs written by Spanish musician Antonio Luque of the band Sr. Chinarro.

Listen to El Rito above or on our Soundcloud here.

Read more for info on the album including Bejar’s thoughts, info about US solo tour dates with Pink Mountaintops, and a UK/EU solo acoustic tour by Bejar in December after the album release.
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ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Destroyer ‘Five Spanish Songs’ EP Out 12/2, Solo Acoustic European Tour In December

We are excited to announce that Destroyer will release Five Spanish Songs EP on December 2nd through Dead Oceans in the UK and Europe, a followup to 2011′s Kaputt. The EP, consists of songs written by Spanish musician Antonio Luque of the band Sr. Chinarro.

Read more for info on the album including Bejar’s thoughts and info about a special UK/EU solo acoustic tour by Bejar in December after the album release.
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LSTN // The Luyas – ‘Animator’ Streaming at WNYC


The Luyas’ sophomore album Animator isn’t out until next Tuesday, October 16, but you can listen to it in full below or at WNYC’s Soundcheck where it premiered this morning! Pre-order the album HERE!

“At the heart is singer Jessie Stein’s dreamy melodicism and introspective words written as if a means of glassy-eyed escape from pain. In “Face” Stein ponders faith, intimacy, identity, singing “I wonder how true to life that I should be / Looking for nothing until I can speak.” Still, the beauty of Stein’s seductive, childlike coo as it floats over the music is what ultimately allows Animator to feel cathartic and full of hope.” – WNYC

The Luyas head out on tour on November 1! See all their dates, including a few shows with Destroyer, HERE. End your Luyas fun by listening to Jessie’s new Spotify playlist, Sleepy With Me.

Booking Agent Contact

US Booking
Ali Hedrick, ali@billions.com

UK/EU Booking
Bob van Heur, bob@belmontbookings.nl

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