On Destroyer's latest, Your Blues, Bejar seems to be following in the footsteps of that other great Canadian songwriter, Leonard Cohen. Like Mr. "Hallelujah" himself (or his post-1984 output, at least), Bejar washes all of his songs in gloriously cheesy keyboards: not "new wave" cheesy (that's always en vogue), but the kind of keyboard that attempts to reproduce every orchestral sound, from choir to trumpet to marimba. What, would Merge Records not spring for a real band, giving Bejar the mother of all CasioTones instead? The music may sound like excerpts from The Princess Bride soundtrack, but the songs are still vintage Destroyer, and Bejar's breathy, elastic vocals quickly draw focus away from all other aspects of the music. Not to be missed for fans of twisted pop genius.
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