Destroyer - Have We Met (color vinyl)
Release date: January 31, 2020
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Peak Vinyl LP: Single LP on seafoam green vinyl in same packaging as standard LP with 12” x 12” insert. Includes coupon for full download.
Destroyer conceived of Have We Met as a Y2K album.
Dan Bejar assigned producer and bandmate John Collins the
role of layering synth and rhythm sections over demos with
the period-specific Björk, Air, and Massive Attack in mind,
but he soon realized the sonic template was too removed from
Destroyer’s own, and the idea of a concept was silly anyway. So
he abandoned it and gave Collins the most timeless instruction
of all: “Make it sound cool.”
The result is not a startling departure from 2017’s ken, but unlike
that more band-oriented approach, the only actual instruments
that appear are bass and electric guitar. MIDI instrumentation
will of course invite Your Blues and Kaputt nostalgia, but Have
We Met is buoyed by precise, plasticky guitar shredding threedimensionally
across massive percussion—the loudest and
dirtiest drums on a Destroyer record to date.