Release Date: Aug 18, 2009
Record label: Merge
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
"So listen," Destroyer's Dan Bejar confides/boasts at the top of "Bay of Pigs", "I've been drinking." It's a line you could affix to the front of just about any of Bejar's glam-folk tunes; he does, after all, tend to sing like he's trying to blow the last fleck of Chianti from his bottom lip. But here it is, leading off what's now Destroyer's longest track (by several minutes) in a catalog peppered with epics. The rumors were indeed true, as "Bay of Pigs" is in fact an "ambient disco" number, a couple of genres that even for the ever-eclectic Bejar seems oddly foreign on paper.
Since joining Merge Records in 2002, Dan Bejar has been awfully ambitious and inventive with his records, from the prog-rock of This Night to the soaring midi-glitz of Your Blues. But when the label described the new Destroyer EP, Bay of Pigs, as "ambient disco," we didn't know quite what to make of it. On Side A, with "Bay of Pigs," it means over 13 minutes of pulsing, airy atmospherics and Bejar's moody wordplay.