Destroyer

Have We Met

Dead Oceans

Released: 31st January 2020

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Have We Met, as Dan Bejar puts it, ‘came together in such a crazy way
– all equal parts ecstasy and terror’. Initially conceived (but quickly
ditched) as a Y2K album, Bejar was without a clear concept in mind. So
he said “fuck it” and let it all rip while brainstorming at home. Culled
from years’ worth of saved writing, set aside for projects “beyond
music,” and recorded at his kitchen table, Have We Met harkens back to
Kaputt-era Dan stringing together lyrics off hand while lounging on his
couch. The resulting vocal sound exists in the sweet spot between two
Destroyer worlds colliding: hints of the past, more strident Destroyer
mixed in with a relaxed, new-aged Crooning one.
No re-recording. No cleaning up. Frequent collaborator John Collins
was tasked with the role of layering synth and rhythm sections over
a stream-of-consciousness Bejar, as Nic Bragg added ‘completely
unexpected and somehow comforting’ three-dimensional, shredding
guitar. The Destroyer band-orientated approach was shelved; “The
record could have gone on and on, and the mixes kept evolving up until
about a day before we sent them off to be mastered, which was also 48
hours before John and his wife went to the birthing centre, where their
first child was born; our true deadline!” says Bejar.