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As a child, Dan Bejar was no doubt diapered with and laid down upon back issues of The New Yorker. He is a wordsmith. In the past he released a couple of mediocre tomes but now we have been gifted Destroyer’s Rubies, both refreshing and poignant. This is Dan Bejar’s seventh release and not a one gave us a hint of what was to come next. His work is eclectic in a Bowie sort of way. The songs are grandiose, but speak to nothing more complicated then love, loss and disappointment. Destroyer does not slot easily into musical category. He emerged from his west coast Vancouver basement in the early ’90s as a singer-songwriter who began to wander from folk to pop to rock. He is perhaps most famous today for his contributions to The New Pornographers, but he is also known as the group’s most elusive member. His songs often sound like unearthed archeological liturgy from some lost tribe that worships nothing but questions most everything. Bejar is curious. The songs do not back down but challenge and engage. They speak not of space oddities but those found right here on earth. Destroyer’s music is often referred to as grand and sprawling and Rubies is no different—we find most songs stuffed to bursting, full of words with the opening title track clocking in at more than nine minutes long.
—Colin MacKenzie
categories: Coast pick,Canadian artist

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