Staff Pick: Destroyer’s Dan Bejar follows his winding creative muse

By Columbus Alive
From the November 21, 2013 edition

For nearly two decades Dan Bejar, the creative force and sole constant behind Destroyer, has allowed his music to drift whichever way his creative muse might lead. Indeed, if one attempted to chart his career path it might look something like one of those panels from “The Family Circus” where the kids leave a winding, dotted-line trail that loops all around the neighborhood.

So while it might be considered unusual for some musicians to follow hazy, soft-rock albums awash in saxophone (2011’s Kaputt) with an EP recorded entirely in Spanish (Five Spanish Songs, out Nov. 29), it’s simply another day in the life for the professorial Vancouver resident.

It’s an unpredictability that extends to his stage show. In the recent past, the singer has toured alongside an ever-increasing army of supporting players (the Kaputt tour included a full brass section), while here he’ll appear in a solo guise. As such, expect stripped-down versions of a range of Destroyer classics (“Painter in Your Pocket,” please), as well as a song or two off his forthcoming EP. Translator not included.

Andrew Graham & Swarming Branch opens the show.

Ted Bois photo