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For Your (Wry) Pleasure,
This review is from: Kaputt (Audio CD)
Being a perfect ignoramus can lead to great discoveries.
Dan Bejar has been making albums as Destroyer since 1995, while also being a member of The New Pornographers and Swan Lake.
We blissfully knew nothing about that until we read a review of "Kaputt", his ninth album under this name. In it, "Avalon" by Roxy Music was cited by Bejar as a source of inspiration for this record. We were instantly interested, as "Avalon" is not your average influence to declare, is it? (People keep saying The Beatles and The Beach Boys).
Yet along Roxy there is much more going on on "Kaputt" as far as musical references are concerned. Add Steely Dan to the list, The Blue Nile, early Electronic ("Getting Away With It" in paricular) and a pinch of ambient Eno for what can only be described as a lithe stroll through the 70s / 80s Pop Valhalla.
Exciting? Yes, but do not think, not even for a moment, that this is a derivative album. "Kaputt" gleams with its own original style; it glides along with shimmerimg synths, jazzy curlicues of horns and flutes, short guitar solos and elastic disco beats that simply take you that little bit closer to heaven.
On top of it all sits Mr Bejar's voice. He is part singer part raconteur, blending successfully Momus, Lloyd Cole and Paul Buchanan into a delicious vocal moulinette. His is a bittersweet tone, relating tenderly wry lyrics on failure (personal and social) that rub like gentle sandpaper onto the smooth surface of the music. Mr Bejar is definitely a disappointed romantic, but one who cries into his glass while keeping in mind his love for beauty and intelligent artistic expression.
And this is why you should not miss this record. It is one of the most rewarding releases of the year so far, and it is destined to become an indie-pop classic.
Why go kaputt without it then?
Key tracks: Suicide Demo For Kara Walker, Chinatown, Bay Of Pigs.