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Five Spanish Songs - EP

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For a stopgap measure, this five-song EP is quite the ambitious artistic endeavor. Destroyer’s Dan Bejar mines his Spanish heritage by singing the songs of Antonio Luque, frontman for the Spanish alt-goth rock band Sr. Chinarro. This gives Bejar the chance to interpret and record songs while staying one step removed from the process. Not having written the songs and having heard them performed by others gives Bejar a comfortable perspective as to what he can do to the material. For listeners who don't know the language, a few human musical truths still come forth. A Giant Sand/Calexico vibe heightens the laid-back intimacy of “Maria de las nieves,” and acoustic Spanish guitar nicely complements “Del monton.” A fully charged electric guitar in a Stones-like mode comes barreling out for “El rito.” A sense of rhythm informs “Babieca,” and a sense of forlorn romance emits from “Bye bye.” The bonus track “Untitled congas” is 45 seconds of conga playing. Overall, this set fits in logically with what Destroyer has recently been doing, making a cultured follow-up to 2011’s Kaputt.

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Devoted Destroyer fan for 7 years

I love this album, all the songs sound so beautiful. Even though the album is in Spanish, I think Dan stays true to the sound and style I fell in love with, and I really appreciate the fact that he made this album.

Beautiful music

Love this! Bejar's evolution of Spanish song is brilliant

Biography

Formed: 1995 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Cana

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Dan Bejar started Destroyer as a solo project in Vancouver in 1995. His first album, We'll Build Them a Golden Bridge, was an electric folk record, setting the stage for the early Bowie comparisons that were certain to follow his particular vocal style. In 1998, Bejar added a rhythm section and took it into the studio for the first time. The resulting recording, City of Daughters, is a sparsely produced collection of catchy pop songs in which Bejar's increasingly obtuse lyrics really start to stand...
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