||October 20, 2017
Destroyer — ken (October 20, 2017) •★•• Destroyer
•★•• Dan Bejar started Destroyer as a solo home~recording project in the early to mid~nineties. Exploring and overturning genres such as glam, MIDI, yacht rock, and even underground Spanish independent artists, Bejar was proclaimed “Rock’s Exiled King” by The Fader. His is a body of work that consistently flouts convention in favor of musical leaps of faith, statements of purpose cloaked in subterfuge, and the joyous refrain of an optimist’s heart cloaked in cynicism.
Formed: 1995 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Album release: October 20, 2017
Record Label: Merge Records
01 Sky’s Grey 4:06
02 In the Morning 3:17
03 Tinseltown Swimming in Blood 4:46
04 Cover From the Sun 2:13
05 Saw You at the Hospital 3:30
06 A Light Travels Down the Catwalk 3:08
07 Rome 5:01
08 Sometimes in the World 2:34
09 Ivory Coast 4:49
10 Stay Lost 2:22
11 La Regle du Jeu 4:01
•★•• ken is available in the following formats:
•★•• CD: Housed in a matte~finish digipak with spot ink and gloss details. Includes a 12~page booklet of lyrics and credits.
•★•• LP: Black vinyl in a die~cut card stock sleeve plus a two~sided 11” square lyric insert, all housed in a matte~finish jacket with spot ink and gloss details. Includes digital download card.
•★•• Deluxe LP (limited edition): Opaque yellow vinyl plus a bonus 7~inch single on black vinyl containing solo acoustic versions of the album tracks “A Light Travels Down the Catwalk” and “Stay Lost.” Package includes lyric insert and download card.
•★•• We’ve also put together a special CD + Deluxe LP + T~shirt pre~order bundle priced at $7 less than what you would pay to buy these items separately! This offer is only available during the pre~order period, so reserve your bundle today.
•★•• Of his 12th studio album and its enigmatic title, Destroyer’s Dan Bejar offers the following:
•★•• Sometime last year, I discovered that the original name for “The Wild Ones” (one of the great English~language ballads of the last 100 years or so) was “Ken.” I had an epiphany, I was physically struck by this information. In an attempt to hold on to this feeling, I decided to lift the original title of that song and use it for my own purposes. It’s unclear to me what that purpose is, or what the connection is. I was not thinking about Suede when making this record. I was thinking about the last few years of the Thatcher era. Those were the years when music first really came at me like a sickness, I had it bad. Maybe “The Wild Ones” speaks to that feeling, probably why Suede made no sense in America. I think “ken” also means “to know.”
•★•• ken was produced by Josh Wells of Black Mountain, who has been the drummer in Destroyer since 2012. The album was recorded in its entirety in the jam space/studio space that the group calls The Balloon Factory. However, unlike Poison Season, ken was not recorded as a “band” record, though everyone in the band does make an appearance.
||October 20, 2017