Destroyer

Destroyer's Poison Season opens swathed in Hunky Dory strings. Dan Bejar's a dashboard Bowie surveying four wracked characters--Jesus, Jacob, Judy, Jack--simultaneously Biblical and musical theatre. This bittersweet, Times Square-set fanfare is reprised twice more on the record--first as swaying, saxophone-stoked "street-rock" and then finally as a curtain-closing reverie. Broadway Danny Bejar dramatically switches scenes with "Dream Lover," all Style Council strut and brassy, radio-ready bombast (echoes of The Boo Radleys' evergreen earworm "Wake Up Boo!"). This being Destroyer, its paramours-on-the-run exuberance is judiciously spiked by his deadpan delivery: "Oh shit, here comes the sun..." Like the other DB, Mr. Bejar has long displayed a chameleonic instinct for change while maintaining a unified aesthetic (rather than just pinballing between reference points). No two records sound the same, but they're always uniquely Destroyer. His latest incarnation often appears to take sonic cues from a distinctly British (usually Scottish, to be precise) strain of sophisti-pop: you might hear traces of Aztec Camera, Prefab Sprout, Orange Juice, or The Blow Monkeys. These songs merge a casual literary brilliance with intense melodic verve, nimble arrangements, and a certain blue-eyed soul sadness. Playfully rueful, "Sun in the Sky" foregrounds cryptic lyrical dexterity over pop-classicist strum before gradually left-fielding into rhythmically supple, delirious avant-squall. It's as if Talk Talk took over a Lloyd Cole show. Originally released on a collaborative EP with electronic maestros Tim Hecker and Loscil (the latter's drones are retained here), a retooled "Archer on the Beach" suggests Sade swimming in The Blue Nile, smooth-jazz marimba melancholy dilated by ecstatic ambience. Flecked in heady dissonance, elusively alluring, Dan hymns its eponymous "impossible raver on your death bed" while implicitly beckoning the listener: "Careful now, watch your step, in you go." That's Poison Season in essence: familiar yet mysterious, opaquely accessible. Arch, for sure, but ultimately elevatory.

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.

Destroyer Announces New Tour Dates

Destroyer kicks off their European tour this upcoming July with dates going well into the fall. In addition to venue dates, you can see the band at several festivals, including Melt!, Latitude, Dour, Poolbar, and more! Today we’ve got a new round of November shows to share. Here’s your chance; don’t miss the live show. See new dates below and check out the full schedule and links to buy tickets HERE.

 

11/13/12 London, UK – Village Underground BUY TICKETS
11/14/12 Bristol, UK – Fleece BUY TICKETS
11/15/12 Dublin, IE – Whelan’s BUY TICKETS
11/16/12 Manchester, UK – Sound Control BUY TICKETS
11/19/12 Hamburg, DE – Uebel & Gefahrlich BUY TICKETS
11/20/12 Aarhus, DK – Voxhall BUY TICKETS
11/21/12 Goteborg, SE – Pustervik BUY TICKETS
11/22/12 Oslo, NO – Parktheatret BUY TICKETS
11/23/12 Stockholm, SE – Strand BUY TICKETS
11/25/12 Helsinki, FI – Tavastia BUY TICKETS
11/28/12 Copenhagen, DK – Vega BUY TICKETS

Booking Agent Contact

US Booking
Ali Hedrick, ali@billions.com

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

tour dates

09/18/15

Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom  w/ Frog Eyes

09/19/15

San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore  w/ Frog Eyes

09/20/15

Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater  w/ Frog Eyes

09/21/15

Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom  w/ Jennifer Castle

09/23/15

Austin, TX - The Mohawk  w/ Jennifer Castle

09/24/15

Dallas, TX - Trees  w/ Jennifer Castle

09/25/15

Lawrence, KS - The Granada  w/ Jennifer Castle
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Girl in a Sling by Destroyer
Dream Lover by Destroyer
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Girl in a Sling
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Bye Bye
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Kaputt
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