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

Label: Merge Records

After 11 albums, destroyer stays on the path less traveled by and puts out his 12th studio album ken. I thought the original write up was pretty clear, so I’m going to back away and let you read Dan Bejar’s thoughts on the project.

Sometime last year, I discovered that the original name for “The Wild Ones” (one of the great English-language ballads of the last 100 years or so) was “Ken.” I had an epiphany, I was physically struck by this information. In an attempt to hold on to this feeling, I decided to lift the original title of that song and use it for my own purposes. It’s unclear to me what that purpose is, or what the connection is. I was not thinking about Suede when making this record. I was thinking about the last few years of the Thatcher era. Those were the years when music first really came at me like a sickness, I had it bad. Maybe “The Wild Ones” speaks to that feeling, probably why Suede made no sense in America. I think “ken” also means “to know.”

ken was produced by Josh Wells of Black Mountain, who has been the drummer in Destroyer since 2012. The album was recorded in its entirety in the jam space/studio space that the group calls The Balloon Factory. However, unlike Poison Season, ken was not recorded as a “band” record, though everyone in the band does make an appearance.

Everyone and their mom seems to be posting this limited edition vinyl (Bullmoose, Pledge, turntable lab, lost in vinyl, Drift, Etc) so make sure you find a copy with decent shipping (Free at Merge) and maybe even a labor day discount! Drift Records has a discount for UK folks, type in earlybird to get 10% off.

The Details

Deluxe LP (limited edition): Opaque yellow vinyl plus a bonus 7-inch single on black vinyl containing solo acoustic versions of the album tracks “A Light Travels Down the Catwalk” and “Stay Lost.” Package includes lyric insert and download card. (There is an indie exclusive yellow, but all signs point to those being the same).

All pre-orders come with a free Destroyer button, while supplies last.

The album will ship to arrive on or around the October 20 release date.
FREE SHIPPING within the U.S.

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Price $26



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