Our all-wise, all-knowing amazing sound-man and all around musical guru Steve McGowan was kind enough to jot down his thoughts on the new DESTROYER album, Poison Season (from our friends at Merge Records, of course), their first since the surprise hit Kaputt in 2011. And we can’t help but agree.
“Well, I’m not going to pretend that I’m a Destroyer fan. I know they have released a number of records. I don’t own any of them. I know Dan Bejar as the super-weird Uncle Dan in the Canadian pop-rock super-group The New Pornographers. His songs on all their records (he usually gets two or three per CD) are always inventive, clever, sexy, and a great foil to Carl Newman’s precise pop craftsmanship.
I can’t comment on the growth of Bejar’s sound or compare contrast this record with his other 10 or however many there are. I CAN tell you that this record – by Destroyer (a band that is essentially Dan Bejar) called Poison Season – is a collection of songs that has completely entranced and bewitched me. I listened to this record seven times in a row yesterday. I’m totally addicted to it.
The thing about the music on Poison Season is that it reminds me of nothing, absolutely nothing I hear today. But the music pushes all my buttons. The obvious references are David Bowie (I hear the Hunky Dory album being mentioned, but I’m more inclined to think he’s reaching backwards to the David Bowie (later called Space Oddity) record with major, major doses of Young Americans.