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Across two decades of work fronting Destroyer and his appearances with Canadian indie rock super-group Dirty Projectors, Dan Bejar stands as a shape-shifting, literary polymath. Look across his back catalogue and you’ll find lo-fi songwriting, baffling MIDI arrangements and almost obtusely loose band playing alongside the cryptic, poetic and sometimes brilliant lyricism that has marked the permanent thread through Bejar’s work.

On 2011’s breakthrough Kaputt album though, Bejar embraced smooth studio production and eighties soft-rock touchstones as a counterweight to his most ambitious set of writing to date, in the process producing an album that would become acclaimed as one of the year’s finest.

Following the ornate, fussy, neo Sinatra-isms of 2015’s Poison Season, his latest album Ken (taken from the working title for Suede classic The Wild Ones, a song Bejar describes as “one of the great English-language ballads of the last hundred years”) finds him and his band taking another left turn into dizzying electro pop and New Order textures. It makes for another dazzling, impressive release that reveals its greatest treasures to those willing to dig into Bejar’s cryptic poetry.

As such then, we can give thanks to the good folk of Portions For Foxes for bringing Destroyer to The Cluny on Wednesday 6th December, and offering the people of Newcastle a rare chance to see this unique talent in the flesh.



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