ken isn't a nostalgic album. The album is murky and claustrophobic but still consistently melodic.
Ken (stylized in all lowercase) is the eleventh studio album from Destroyer, released on October 20, 2017 by Merge Records. Destroyer announced the album on August 8, 2017, including the release of the first song from the album, "Sky's Grey," by way of a lyric video posted to YouTube. The album's release date, track list, and artwork were announced the same day. The album was shortlisted for the Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2019.
It makes sense, then, that ken, Destroyer’s first new release since 2015’s Poison Season, contains lessons, both musical and spiritual, about how history repeats itself-all the ways in which we are destined (or doomed) to fulfill old prophecies. Bejar named ken after the working title of Suede’s The Wild Ones, a tense and thrilling ballad first released in 1994 ( Oh, if you stay/We’ll be the wild ones, running with the dogs today, Brett Anderson sings). The Wild Ones is a sad and wistful song about wishing someone wasn’t about to leave you; on it, Anderson sounds both imploring and lost.
ken seems pretty different from Poison Season to me. Are you in a much different place now, has a lot changed in your life? I don't know if a lot's changed in my life. I feel I write a specific kind of song and I do it all over the place. In my mind, the songs still sound like Destroyer music but the tools have changed. I started writing songs on the guitar for the first time in a long time, since Trouble In Dreams, which we recorded in 2007. I've played a lot more music on the record itself and the record has an actual producer, which is something that doesn't usually happen on a Destroyer record.
Destroyer is a Canadian rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia fronted by singer-songwriter Dan Bejar and formed in 1995. Destroyer songs are characterized by abstract, poetic lyrics and idiosyncratic vocals. The band's discography draws on a variety of musical influences, resulting in albums that can sound markedly distinct from one another; in Bejar's words, "That's kind of my goal: to start from scratch every time.
The album title is stylized consistently in all lower case. Destroyer (4). ken (LP, Album).
This album is excellent, and definitely makes Poison Season that much better. Kaputt to this is some sort of Bejarian trilogy, I tell ya. Evok November 15th 2017. Colour of a star in the shape of a kite. polyrhythm December 12th 2017.
Tracklist: 1. Sky’s Grey, 2. In The Morning, 3. Tinseltown Swimming In Blood, 4. Cover From The Sun, 5. Saw You At The Hospital, 6. A Light Travels Down The Catwalk, 7. Rome, 8. Sometimes In The World, 9. Ivory Coast, 10. Stay Lost, 11. La Regle Du Jeu, 12. A Light Travels Down The Catwalk (Acoustic), 13. Stay Lost (Acoustic).
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Bass – John Collins Electric Guitar – Nicolas Bragg
|A2||In The Morning
Bass – John Collins
|A3||Tinseltown Swimming In Blood
Electric Guitar – David CarswellSaxophone, Effects – Joseph ShabasonTrumpet, Effects – J.P. Carter
|A4||Cover From The Sun
Electric Guitar – David Carswell, Nicolas Bragg
|A5||Saw You At The Hospital
Bass – John Collins Piano – Ted BoisTrumpet, Effects – J.P. Carter
|A6||A Light Travels Down The Catwalk
Electric Guitar – Nicolas BraggTrumpet, Effects – J.P. Carter
Bass – John Collins Electric Guitar – David Carswell, Nicolas BraggSaxophone, Effects – Joseph Shabason
|B2||Sometimes In The World
Bass – John Collins Electric Guitar – Nicolas Bragg
Bass – John Collins Saxophone, Effects – Joseph ShabasonTrumpet, Effects – J.P. Carter
Bass – John Collins Electric Guitar – David Carswell, Nicolas Bragg
|B5||La Regle Du Jeu
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar – David CarswellTrumpet, Effects – J.P. Carter
- Copyright (c) – Merge Records
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Merge Records
- Record Company – FACTOR
- Recorded At – The Balloon Factory
- Mixed At – The Warehouse Studio
- Mastered At – Chicago Mastering Service
- Designed At – Hundreds & Thousands
- Copyright (c) – Destroyer
- Design – Robin Mitchell Cranfield
- Drums, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, Bass, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Strings [Piano Strings] – Josh Wells*
- Engineer [Assistant] – Zach Blackstone
- Mastered By – Jason Ward
- Photography By [Cover] – Svein Sturlason
- Recorded By, Mixed By, Producer – Josh Wells*
- Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Synthesizer – Daniel Bejar
NotesComes with a lyrics sheet and a download card.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Barcode: 67385505991 4
- Matrix / Runout (Side A, Etched): MRG 599-A @JW170420! 27964.1...
- Matrix / Runout (Side B, Etched): MRG 599-B @JW170420! 27964.2(̶2̶)̶.̶.̶.̶...
|MRG599-DLX, MRG599, MRG612||Destroyer||ken (LP, Album, Ltd, Yel + 7")||Merge Records, Merge Records, Merge Records||MRG599-DLX, MRG599, MRG612||US||2017|
|DOC140||Destroyer||ken (CD, Album)||Dead Oceans||DOC140||Europe||2017|
|DOC140||Destroyer||ken (LP, Album, Ltd, Yel + 7")||Dead Oceans||DOC140||Europe||2017|
|MRG599||Destroyer||ken (CD, Album)||Merge Records||MRG599||US||2017|
|DOC140||Destroyer||ken (LP, Album)||Dead Oceans||DOC140||Europe||2017|