|Destroyer - Kaputt|
At this point in his long, celebrated career, there's not much he can do. Today marks the release of his ninth LP, Kaputt, under his Destroyer moniker. Tha Vancouver singer-songwriter and New Pornographer has been churning out albums since 1996, yet Kaputt is a serious contender for some of his best work to date. If nothing else, it is Bejar's most expansive effort yet.
Eye Weekly: For his most immaculate recording to date, Kaputt, Bejar situates himself in the champagne room at Studio 54 circa 1982, taking a front-row seat to the last days of disco alongside an entourage of honey-voiced female backup singers and smooooooth saxophone players.
Consequence Of Sound: Instead, it's that sort of "The Certain Things You Oughta Know" dreamy 80's synth-wash that dominates the record. In fact, the album is so cohesive in its 80's-possessed instrumentation that on first listen you'd think Bejar had made some fatal mistake.
Spin: Long on cryptic references (you mean you haven't read Curzio Malaparte's 1944 novel Kaputt?) and Euro-weary mood, the vintage electronic-pop ambience of Destroyer's ninth album recalls the days when MTV emphasized music.
Pitchfork: It seems absurd to look for genuine wisdom in music in 2011, when we're constantly gorging ourselves on the all-you-can-eat buffet of post-modern web culture. But Kaputt feels wise. Like a mirror that actually points back at something better.
Kaputt is out now via Merge. Please enjoy the video for titular track"Kaputt:"