In his 25 years performing under the Destroyer moniker, effusive art-rocker Dan Bejar has made some stone cold classics. Albums like Destroyer's Rubies (2006), Kaputt (2011) and Ken (2017) have garnered huge love from critics and fans alike (Kaputt most recently being named one of the Top 25 Albums of the Decade by Pitchfork). His latest album features elements from all three of those albums with gauzy saxophones and synthesizers floating under Bejar's razor-sharp wit. But the roots of his new album bloomed out very un-Destroyer influences like period-specific Björk, Air, and Massive Attack!
Thirteen albums in, Have We Met manages to meet somewhere between trademarks and new territory – atmospheric approximations of feeling and place, wry gut-punches of one liners, and the deluge of energy meets a thematic catharsis of modern dread, delivered with an effortless, entrancing directness. But, no need to expound any further. He’s got it all spelled out for you in the music.
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