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Destroyer’s Dan Bejar specializes in baroque pop-rock that’s immediate accessibility is undermined by an active mind rambling with thoughts both precise and abstract. The Vancouver songwriter spends enough time getting weird to make you wonder what point he’s actually trying to make. Imagine Mark E. Smith without the punk abrasion or Momus without the literary name-dropping hang-ups and you’ve entered the mystery tour that is “Leopard of Honor,” a constantly shifting dynamic tune that swings from moments of whispers and random chants to swirling organ catharsis and back. It’s as if the song drifts without a beginning or end, just a permanent middle. It’s a bewitching ambition, a desire to find new psychedelic space without resorting to the trappings of that 1960’s genre. “Plaza Trinidad” operates with a high over-emotive weirdness. “Libby’s First Sunrise” reflects a (self?) realization that constantly avoiding ambition and career building leads to a directionless world of messing around.

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My wife digs the new album!

My wife hates Destroyer and I have spent countless hours, car trips, nights etc. trying to make her "see the light." Well, I was playing this album today and she said "wow, that is good....who is that?" Finally!

a fine album

As always, Dan doesn't care what you want to hear, but, ironically, he does deliver something you might expect with Trouble In Dreams. Trouble is a natural progression from Rubies (another fine album) not only in the sense that it moves Destroyer's sound further along, but also in that it harkens back to his earlier work. The album is not as enigmatic as Your Blues or as brash as Streethawk, but carries the weight of the former and some of the latter's bombast all in classic Bejar style. While there are several highlights (Leopard, Blue Flower, Angels), "Dark Leaves" stands as one of his best efforts to date. While the high points may not all be quite as high as Rubies' (Painter, European Oils), Trouble In Dreams' consistency and depth make it a worthy addition to any Bejar catalog.

Destroyer's Trouble in Dreams Profound...

Dan Bejar's follow-up to Destroyer's Rubies is not for the faint of heart or ears. Bejar brings an army of sound and his erie and hopeful voice used at his disposal to take the listener to a distant land full of poetry and prose. Bejar's TID finds a way to push the envelope in a way that is not pretentious or too lofty, but that is regularly accessible and engaging. Very good showing for one of the most under appreciated talents around.


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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