• destroyer ken (yellow vinyl LP + 7", £23.75)

    label: Dead Oceans

    Deluxe LP format with a bonus 7” featuring acoustic versions of ‘A Light Travels Down The Catwalk’ and ‘Stay Lost’.  Of his 12th studio album and its enigmatic title, Destroyer’s Dan Bejar offers the following: “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’ is the follow-up to 2015’s critically acclaimed ‘Poison Season’, which received critical praise from The Guardian, MOJO and Uncut, amongst others.  ‘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 call The Balloon Factory. However, unlike ‘Poison Season’, ‘ken’ was not recorded as a ‘band’ record, though everyone in the band does make an appearance.

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