Release Date: Feb 21, 2006
Record label: Merge
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Supporters of Destroyer mastermind Dan Bejar have been regaled with enough material over the previous two years to keep even the smallest fan site busy. Between the New Pornographers' 2005 Bejar-heavy Twin Cinema and the Destroyer/Frog Eyes EP Notorious Lightning and Other Works, the hyper-literate, Bowie-loving Canadian has been on a roll. Destroyer's Rubies, his fifth full-length offering, is an amalgam of Streethawk: A Seduction's glam rock posturing, This Night's guitar-heavy psychedelia, and Your Blues' apocalyptic wordplay.
There's an invisible line between poetry and song lyrics that writers cross at their own peril. In his seventh full-length as Destroyer, Daniel Bejar doesn't just cross it, he dances on top of it, piling metaphor on fractured image, embedding assonance and inside jokes into even the briefest snippets. There’s no shortage of blood, however, in Bejar’s academic self-indulgence.