michael gallucci


In album review on 12/21/2010 at 10:24 am




Dan Bejar usually shoots off one epic-sounding song on each Destroyer album. On his band’s ninth full-length, the part-time New Pornographer holds tight until the very end, when he unleashes the 11-minute (and yes, very epic-sounding) “Bay of Pigs,” perhaps the most ambitious song of his career. It starts as a drone, slowly building on buzzes and hums until the halfway mark, when the track begins to take shape. By the time it reaches the end of its long journey, the song has transformed into a funky meditation on wasted youth. Bejar heads toward this point throughout Kaputt, dropping cues and clues along the way, channeling vintage Roxy Music, smooth disco, and 1970s jazz. Epic.


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