If there were any justice in the world, Dan Bejar, aka Destroyer, would be awarded the keys to the city of Vancouver. He would be knighted in a ceremony at the foot of Grouse Mountain after a lengthy procession across the Lion's Gate bridge flanked by a Pacific Northwest Praetorian Guard in Lulu Lemon jogging attire. He would then be issued the associated prize of a free night's stay at the Balmoral Hotel and a free drink at Funky Winkerbean's on East Hastings.
This would ultimately prove awkward for Mr. Bejar, as he is accustomed to creating songs of polite intimacy, not the pomp and circumstance involved with representing a whole city and its constituents. His songs symbolize the surrounding geography only in as much as that is where he is from, and it inflects his prose in gentle ways that would take some divination to truly uncover. One could associate the genteel Disintegration-era Cure crossed with David Bowie trance of "Kaputt" to the transparent waters of English Bay, but it would all be pure conjecture.
On iTunes: Destroyer / "Kaputt"
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