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New Music: Destroyer "El Rito"

October 7, 2013

Liz Caruso

All creative minds likely go through a similar crisis to Destroyer's Dan Bejar. Destroyer has been around for over a decade now, being founded in 1995 and going on to release several albums and EP's throughout the years. What to do, then, when you become detached from the only language you write songs in? Get renewed inspiration from a different language, of course! Dan wrote:

It was 2013. The English language seemed spent, despicable, not easily singable. It felt over for English; good for business transactions, but that's about it. The only other language I know is Spanish, and the only Spanish songs I really know are those of Sr. Chinarro, led by Antonio Luque. I've been a decades-long fan of how he conducted his affairs, his strange words, his melodies that have always felt so natural (this is important), his bitter songs about painting the light. Something about them, I knew I could do it.

And he did just that. The EP (aptly named Five Spanish Songs), featuring Sr. Chinarro's songs, will be out November 25th on Merge Records. In the meantime, get a preview of the record with the new song "El Rito" - the classic rock riffs in this rendition reminds me almost of The Rolling Stones, but there's still a slight melancholic undertone in his voice that is more apparent in Sr. Chinarro's original recording. Listen to the song at the SoundCloud link below!

Destroyer - "El Rito"