Dead Oceans – October 20th

Though Dan Bejar’s key influences are prominent throughout his catalogue – Leonard Cohen, Roxy Music, the Oxford Thesaurus – with each new album he adds in one or two more just to keep the mix fresh.

This time, he’s apparently digging the Pet Shop Boys and New Order. And man, do I dig how he digs the Pet Shop Boys and New Order. All I ever wanted from the latter was that they had a decent lyricist, and ken – supposedly named after the working title for Suede’s The Wild Ones – is like New Order fronted by Leonard Cohen. Yes, exactly that good.

To say someone will never make a bad record is one thing. But now I’m convinced there’ll never be a Destroyer record that’s less than great.

Buy: Destroyer – ken

Live: Scala on December 7th