RIYL: Frog Eyes, Wolf Parade, The New Pornographers, Moonface

Label: Dead Ocean & Merge

I know this has been out for a little bit, but more variants keep popping up on my radar, so I thought I would give it a post it deserves. Have We Met is the 13th studio album, 8th with Merge records, and his first in 3 years, following Ken in 2017. Here are the variants I’ve found so far, so see if you find one that fits your color scheme in your room so it doesn’t ruin the Feng Shui.

Rough Trade Exclusive

Limited to 300 Sky Blue Vinyl ($21)

Newbury Comic Version

Peak Seafoam Green Vinyl with Signed Card ($24)

Merge Store

Peak Seafoam green vinyl ($22)

UK & EU Indie Only

Clear W/Blue + Yellow Swirl (£20)

Destroyers’ Dan Bejar initially conceived of Have We Met as a Y2K album. He was already active during the era but not heard overhead in a cafe or salon, which is perhaps what the idea of the Y2K sound evokes nearly two decades later. Bejar assigned frequent producer and bandmate John Collins the role of layering synth and rhythm sections over demos with the period-specific Björk, Air, and Massive Attack in mind, but he soon realized the sonic template was too removed from Destroyer’s own, and the idea of a concept was silly anyway. So he abandoned it and gave Collins the most timeless instruction of all: “Make it sound cool.”

Atmosphere and loose approximations of a place or feeling are what we’ve come to expect from any new Destroyer record—certainly not an easily defined and stridently adhered to theme or concept. Have We Met manages to meet somewhere between those disparate Y2K reference points and Destroyer’s own area of expertise, gliding deftly into territory that marries the old strident Destroyer with the new, aged crooning one of late.

The Details

1) Rough Trade Exclusive
Sky Blue
Limited to 300 copies
Includes download code

2) UK Indie Store Exclusive
Clear W/Blue + Yellow Swirl

3) Merge Peak Vinyl (Indie Only)
Limited-edition pressing on seafoam green vinyl.
Inside is a lined black dustsleeve.
Includes 12” × 12” lyric insert and digital download card.

4) Newbury Comics (signed)
Peak color vinyl on limited-edition seafoam green, a signed poster, 12" x 12" lyric sheet, and digital download.

Release Date: 01/31/2019

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Price $21

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