DESTROYER, SANDRO PERRI
(Aladdin Theater, 3017 SE Milwaukie) Dan Bejar is a songwriter of portentous and elliptical talent, but never has his band Destroyer sounded as confident and humane as it does right now. Following the triumph of last year's much-lauded Kaputt, Destroyer is fully in command of a lush, swanky sound that'll put you on top of the world. NED LANNAMANN
Kaputt, Dan Bejar's latest Destroyer release, is another silky-smooth batch of indie pop that carries on in the tradition of Steely Dan's intricate white-boy jazz. It's Bejar's attention to detail that has always made his recordings so interesting—not to mention his uncanny ability for ably communicating simple sentiments, and making them stick. Kaputt also continues in the tradition of Destroyer's shape-shifting body of work—Bejar's willingness to toy with new sounds, while still making them sound distinctively Destroyer-y. The opening title track turns out to be the record's centerpiece, a delicate flower of a song with slightly sinister lyrical underpinnings. Of course, even that is open to interpretation. MARK LORE
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