Dan Bejar’s latest is perplexing, intriguing, sometimes infuriating, but rarely less than intoxicating If you were half-listening to Destroyer's 13th album Labyrinthitis, you'd think it was decent. It's relatively tuneful, and nods towards some very trendy mid-’80s production techniques, somewhat in the style of Cut Copy, with some bonus disco rhythms and Art Of Noise chunky beats keeping the party perky. Yeah, well done; great job; let's move on.
Dan Bejar strikes again
For the uninitiated, Destroyer is shockingly not a metal or hardcore band, but rather the long-running indie/art pop project of Dan Bejar, formerly of The New Pornographers. With thirteen albums released under the moniker, Destroyer has seen a fair amount of stylistic changes, but for the purposes of this review I'll dwell heavily on the group's latest era, the one beginning with the release of 2011's widely acclaimed Kaputt. During this stretch, Destroyer's music has leaned on 80's-derived sophisti-pop, although the exact dimensions of the style have changed album to album.