Dork Radio
Now playing:
In the mag...
Featuring Muna, The Murder Capital, Shura, Ezra Furman, Spector and loads more.
Order a copy
September 2019
Review

Destroyer - ken

An album filled with joy and sadness in equal measure.
Destroyer - ken
Published: 12:10 pm, October 17, 2017
An album filled with joy and sadness in equal measure.

Label: Merge Records
Released: 20th October 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Dan Bejar can always be relied on to provide a certain degree of quality and distinction on every album he releases and ‘Ken’ his twelfth Destroyer album has all the grace and beauty you’ve come to expect.

The enigmatic title isn’t a Coronation Street homage; instead, it’s a reference to the original working title of Suede’s romantic ballad ‘The Wild Ones’. While not sounding like Suede the album is imbued with the same sort of evocative spirit of escape and mystery.

Bejar himself says it’s about the last days of Thatcherism, a time when people were dreaming of new possibilities. You can hear that in the yearning, rich opening ballad ‘Sky’s Grey’ and the Cure-like gentle epic ‘Rome’.

While his last album ‘Poison Season’ was very much a band record filled with bombastic Springsteen style rock and pop, ‘Ken’ once again pares things back and brings the focus back on Bejar’s luxurious and tender voice. There’s still flashes where he cuts loose though on an album filled with joy and sadness in equal measure. Martyn Young

Give all this a try

The new issue of Dork is out now, featuring MUNA!
New issue!

The new issue of Dork is out now, featuring MUNA!

There's also The Murder Capital, Shura, Ezra Furman, Friendly Fires and loads more.
Feelin' hypersonic: Sam Fender
Cover feature

Feelin' hypersonic: Sam Fender

Sam Fender is a man on a mission. Already beating current ‘biggest noise on the block’ Lewis Capaldi to a Brit Award, as his debut album nears its much-anticipated arrival, the sky really is the limit for an artist not short of stuff to say.
Check out a live version of a new Sleater-Kinney track, 'Broken'
Watch

Check out a live version of a new Sleater-Kinney track, 'Broken'

It's taken from their forthcoming album 'The Center Won't Hold', which is set for release tomorrow (Friday, 16th August).
There'll be more music from Haim this year, 'FYI'
Haim time

There'll be more music from Haim this year, 'FYI'

Speaking to Matt Wilkinson on Beats 1, the trio revealed that will "definitely" be more from them before the year is out.
Like this? Subscribe to Dork and get every issue delivered direct to your door anywhere on the planet.
CONTACT PRIVACY ADVERTISE

© 2018 The Bunker Publishing