Get To Know Your Short List
I have a hard time putting Destroyer in a box. He’s one part jazz, one part electro and one part smooth indie rock. In some ways, he sounds like the lovechild of Hawksley Workman and a skeezy club kid. Who is this guy? He’s Daniel Bejar from Vancouver. An independent singer-songwriter, he formed Destroyer in 1995 and has since released 13 EPs and LPs. The latest, Kaputt, leaked in 2010 and has made the Short List for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize.
Destroyer’s songs are like spoken word poetry, mixed with Kenny G-esque sax (not Colin Stetson for once) and computerized beats. He even manages to make the line “threw up in an English garden” sound mildly classy. While some songs are a little scattered, or completely instrumental, others get in your head. Suddenly you find yourself singing the same line over and over from ‘Song for America‘ or title track ‘Kaputt‘, hardly remembering when you actually last listened to the track.
Kaputt is different; it teeters on that line between “good” and “bad” weird. It’s the type of music that some snob will berate you for not “getting”. That being said, it has a perfectly solid chance of winning the Polaris Prize at tonight’s gala. Did it take more creative chances than Ron Sexsmith or Hey Rosetta!? Most definitely. Is Destroyer less mainstream than Arcade Fire? That’s not even a question. Is it artistically better than the other albums on the list? Not by a long shot.
Posted on September 19, 2011, in Sound Bites and tagged CBC Radio 3, Daniel Bejar, Destroyer, Kaputt, Much Music, Polaris Music Prize, Song for America, Vancouver. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.