“Bombs in the city, plays in the sticks.” Sky’s Grey.
Early last month Vancouver artist Dan Bejar announced the release date for his new Destroyer album. Album number 12 is simply called ken, a reference to the original title of English band Suede’s 1994 track ‘The Wild Ones’ off Dog Man Star, it follows 2015’s excellent Poison Season. The announcement was accompanied by the sharing of the album’s swaying opener and first single ‘Sky’s Grey’. Essentially a track in two roughly equal parts, it begins with sustained twitchy percussion and sparse yet emotive piano chords as Bejar’s unique vocals opaquely lament the evils of neo-liberalism’s during its gradual birth in the Thatcher era in Britain. Around the two minute mark, a pulsing synth comes out of nowhere before a classic drum fill ushers in aural wistful synthetic strings while a gently distorted guitar rings out before signing off with a wide-eyed reflective riff. Listen to ‘Sky’s Grey’ below and order a copy of the record here. It’s out October 20 on Merge and Dead Oceans.
1. Sky’s Grey
2. In the Morning
3. Tinseltown Swimming in Blood
4. Cover From the Sun
5. Saw You at the Hospital
6. A Light Travels Down the Catwalk
8. Sometimes in the World
9. Ivory Coast
10. Stay Lost
11. La Regle du Jeu
From the forthcoming album, ‘ken’, Merge/Dead Oceans. Out Oct 20.
Audio Stream (Lyric Video)