Have We Met by Destroyer

Nice sleeve art. Looks like Destroyer (aka Dan Bejar) is heading down the eccentric path on his thirteenth album which comprises of recordings culled from home brainstorming sessions and stuff recorded in his kitchen. The music was then worked on and remixed and only finished when collaborator John Collins had to go help his wife give birth. Stream of consciousness stuff from an artist refusing to rest on any kind of laurel.     

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Have We Met by Destroyer
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8/10 Daoud 29 January 2020

I’m starting to wonder that maybe I don’t actually know what 80s pop music sounds like because recently, almost every biggish release we’ve had in sounds a bit like 80s pop music. This is almost as ridiculous as the tide of synth jams we got in after 'Stranger Things' first released. So reader please, if you think that I’m wrong in what I’m about to say, please do get in touch.

‘Kaputt’ was the first Destroyer record I heard, and while I enjoyed it, it didn’t stick with me because, well, I was already a Steely Dan fan. That sound is dead and gone. ‘Have We Met’ booming drums, synths, and slap bass, all drawn from (what I understand to be) 80s pop music. 

If that coked-up yacht rock sound suited Dan Bejar and all his idiosyncrasies, the even more coked-up 80s pop sound perhaps suits it better. Especially as Bejar has ramped everything up. His singing voice is somehow even more affected than it was before, he sounds like a rambling mid-century news anchor mumbling to himself as he works through a hangover. ‘The Television Music Supervisor’ has him singing “I can’t believe what I’ve done”, while on ‘Cue Synthesiser’ he delivers something approaching a rap about pit ponies drowning. 

The music isn’t just straightforward rehashes mind. The album features moments approaching ambient and industrial, but all made of those same basic building blocks. ‘Kaputt’ was something of a chillout album, all tasteful strings and subtle horns. ‘Have We Met’ is much too twisted for that. 



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