Two years later Ken, Canadian band Destroyer (founded by Dan Bejar) announced the release of a new album. Have We Met is out on January 31st via Merge and Dead Oceans. According to the press release, it was initially conceived as a Y2K album. He was already active during the era but not heard overhead in a cafe or salon, which is perhaps what the idea of the Y2K sound evokes nearly two decades later.
Bejar assigned frequent producer and bandmate John Collins the role of layering synth and rhythm sections over demos with the period-specific Björk, Air, and Massive Attack in mind, but he soon realized the sonic template was too removed from Destroyer’s own, and the idea of a concept was silly anyway. So he abandoned it and gave Collins the most timeless instruction of all: “Make it sound cool.”
We already shared “Crimson Tide” and “It Just Doesn’t Happen”; “Cue Synthesizer” is the new excerpt. Watch the official video below.