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Destroyer’s Dan Bejar seems bored with the English language. Therefore he has decided to sing the songs from this new EP in Spanish.
I’d suggest that a lot of the point of subtle, nuanced music (such as his) is in connecting with the lyrical content. Therefore, to those of us stuck with English as a first and only language we may not get quite as much out of the EP as our Spanish speaking counterparts. A shame, because the music is quite lovely.
Opener ‘Maria De Las Nieves’ is gentle steel guitar folk rock in the vein of Mazzy Star and, erm, Spain. ‘Del monton’ is a lovely breezy jazz-inflected jaunt, absolutely tremendous and, here, the language doesn’t matter as it sounds as Spanish as paella anyway. On ‘El Rito’ the band unfathomably turn into the Rolling Stones, but the EP works better on the more subtle, atmospheric material such as ‘Bye Bye’ where the hushed delivery recalls this year's superb Amor De Dias record.
Not without merit, then, but overall this works better when the band goes all out in pursuit of matching the vocals to its suitably slow-moving, ethereal music.
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