Published Oct 19, 2017At long last, Dan Bejar's latest Destroyer album ken is here. That's right, the anticipated record is now officially out, meaning you can stream it now.
The album marks the official follow-up to 2015's Poison Season and finds Bejar and co. in a decidedly different headspace. In a nutshell, if you ever wanted to hear Destroyer do a New Order album, this is it.
For ken, Bejar linked up with Vancouver sound wizard Josh Wells, who produced and recorded the entire album at the band's studio space the Balloon Factory.
Bejar previously offered up the following statement on the LP:
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."
To hear how that all plays out for yourself, you can stream all of ken below.
The album is officially out now via Merge. You can also see all Destroyer's upcoming tour dates here.