I’m going to be honest. I had never heard of Destroyer until earlier this year when their critically acclaimed album, Kaputt, was released. To be honest again, this isn’t really a band, it’s a one-man project from Daniel Bejar, who has frequently collaborated with The New Pornographers in the past. And to be honest once more, I don’t really like The New Pornographers. They are too Poppy for me. That’s why I was surprised when I first listened to Kaputt and found a lost 80’s jam album, full of saxophones and cheesy synths. I don’t really like 80’s music, but I love the way this album uses horns to the effect that I find myself whistling them later in the day. When is the last time you whistled a saxophone solo?!
Destroyer earned a high spot on my top songs of 2011 (so far) list, with “Blue Eyes”, which is my favorite off of the album. The song is lugubrious, but catchy and pretty, with horns coming in and out at the perfect times all throughout the song. Near the end of the song, Daniel’s voice is surrounded by horns and bass when he sings “I’ve thumbed through the books on your shelf” over and over, and it is such an intimate sounding moment that sounds as if he is singing to a new love. I repeat this section over and over.
I have no clue how Destroyer will sound live. I don’t know any of his other albums. I don’t know if he will have live horns. I am not sure how he would be able to emulate the new album’s sound without it, but I have seen live acts do such things before. I am not precisely sure what he looks like, as every picture I have seen of him looks a little different. But what I do know is this: I will watch him in about a week play his catchy 80’s synth pop, and I will love it, or hate it. Either way, I will be happy.