Destroyer songwriter Dan Bejars flowery, narrative prose wraps the nut of a songs message in a thick layer of surrealism, one that renders his meaning almost as difficult to decipher as an e.e. cummings poem. In tandem with Bejars nasal sing-speaking, its safe to say that Destroyer is an acquired taste. But like an appreciation for fine wine, its a taste that, once acquired, not only brings the same measure of pleasure on the first go-round as the two hundredth, but those subsequent listens (or sips, if you like) often unmask new linguistic subtletiespuns, pop culture references, what have youthat you mightve missed on the first few dozen rotations. But its the instrumentals that help Destroyers compositional style retain its exciting freshness, even though theres been little sonic evolution over the thirteen years that Bejars been releasing records. From the unbelievable organ solo in Queen of Language (from 2000s Thief) to the breakdown on Trouble In Dreams closer Libbys First Sunrise, Dan Bejars music is as layered and as intellectually absorbing as his lyrics are. While its best to experience Bejar in person after youve become familiar with his music, Bejar appears solo on this particular tour, which means itll be a little easier than normal to pick out the buried meanings and subtle jabs hidden in Bejars bizarre wordplay.
Wed., May 6, 8 p.m., 2009