Daniel Bejar has been making oblique, urbane pop symphonies as Destroyer for 13 albums and nearly three decades now, but Labyrinthitis is among his best. It pulses with dance rhythms, bristles with literate asides, unspools a hypnotic stream of film-like imagery, hazards a long, rap-inspired spoken word interval, and, once or twice, rocks unabashedly. It’s the kind of album, you can get lost in—or perhaps a little dizzy from. You don’t know quite what’s happening from moment to moment, but there’s a swirl and a sweep and an urgency to it that propels you ever forward.
Today on Transmissions he joins host Jason P. Woodbury for talking about the perils of making the new record, This Night, the virtues of being a dilettante, nu-metal, Van Morrison, New Order, and much more.
As the release of the new Destroyer album approaches, Dan Bejar spoke to us about recording in isolation, the principal role of John Collins, songwriting inspirations, the end of the world, and the influence of futurism on Destroyer’s thirteenth album…
Stunning video for Joseph Shabason’s “I Don’t Want to Be Your Love.”
What follows is an illuminating and wonderful dive into the sublime, via both the textures of Shabason’s beautifully spare compositions and the surrealist bent of the world created by writer and director Zach Shields. Dan Bejar’s hazy vocals float like the dust in those headlights, which remind us that overwhelming beauty can be found in the strangest of places.
“I saw you at the castle/your eyes were clearly insane,” Dan Bejar sings on “Saw You at the Hospital,” one of the tenderest songs on ken , his twelfth album under […]
There’s an obvious thread that connects all of the nine Destroyer albums: Dan Bejar. That said, you might be hard pressed to know for certain that the same man was […]
Dan Bejar is busy. Between four (differently named) projects releasing material in the past three years, it’s rare that time goes by without hearing from the prolific artist. Bejar’s main […]
Some great albums were released yesterday, including two of my favorite listens over the past month; She & Him’s debut, Volume One, and Destroyer’s new LP, Trouble In Dreams. As […]