Pasa Tem­pos

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Mu­sic by De­stroyer and Steve Re­ich

Dead Oceans) Amidst a ca­reer that spans back to the mid-1990s and in­cludes a part-time stint in the New Pornog­ra­phers in ad­di­tion to a full-time gig fronting De­stroyer, Dan Be­jar ex­pe­ri­enced a big break in 2011 with the De­stroyer al­bum Ka­putt. That record up­dated the lite-jazz, yacht-rock sounds of the 1980s for mod­ern au­di­ences, and young lis­ten­ers ate it up. He re­ceived un­prece­dented ac­claim, be­gan play­ing big­ger rooms, and spent four years on a fol­low-up. Now, it’s here, and it re­tains

Ka­putt’s smooth sax, in­dif­fer­ent vo­cals, and del­i­cate por­trayal of ur­ban ad­ven­tures, while (mostly) es­chew­ing slick rhythms in fa­vor of baroque strings and dra­matic, Broad­wayesque ar­range­ments. In­deed, he sings about be­ing smit­ten by Times Square on three sep­a­rate songs, and many tracks are about fall­ing in and out of love with a city. “She de­spises the di­rec­tion the city’s been go­ing in,” Be­jar sings on “The River,” and then fol­lows it on “Girl in a Sling” with the line, “It sucks when there’s noth­ing but gold in those hills/Girl, I know what you’re go­ing through, I’m go­ing there too.” His ur­ban land­scapes are por­trayed as labyrinths of pain and plea­sure, and he repeats phrases as if there are clues in them. The plea­sures on Poi­son Sea­son are not as im­me­di­ate as on Ka­putt, but this is another large, lit­er­ate leap for­ward. —Robert Ker

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