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Of his 12th studio album and its enigmatic title, Destroyer’s Dan Bejar offers the following:

Sometime last year, I discovered that the original name for "The Wild Ones" (one of the great English-language ballads of the last 100 years or so) was "Ken." I had an epiphany, I was physically struck by this information. In an attempt to hold on to this feeling, I decided to lift the original title of that song and use it for my own purposes. It's unclear to me what that purpose is, or what the connection is. I was not thinking about Suede when making this record. I was thinking about the last few years of the Thatcher era. Those were the years when music first really came at me like a sickness, I had it bad. Maybe "The Wild Ones" speaks to that feeling, probably why Suede made no sense in America. I think "ken" also means "to know."

ken was produced by Josh Wells of Black Mountain, who has been the drummer in Destroyer since 2012. The album was recorded in its entirety in the jam space/studio space that the group calls The Balloon Factory. However, unlike Poison Season, ken was not recorded as a "band" record, though everyone in the band does make an appearance.

The Tallest Man On Earth Featured on Live at KEXP Compilation

Just when I thought KEXP couldn’t get more awesome, they’ve announced their latest live compilation, Live at KEXP, Volume Seven! The Tallest Man On Earth makes an appearance with his song “A Field of Birds.” Check out the video above for a little taste.

Although we release Destroyer’s music outside of North America, we’re pleased to see them included, as well as¬†Sharon Van Etten, who is signed with our sister-label Jagjaguwar. Congratulations to everybody and a big thank you to KEXP for all the love.

Watch the New Destroyer Video for “Savage Night at the Opera”

Check out the newest Destroyer video for stand out Kaputt track, “Savage Night at the Opera.” Directed by David Galloway, and shot using just one camera, in a single take, this minimalist approach is a simple, striking trek through the streets of Vancouver. This video could not be more different than Destroyer’s stunning video released earlier this year for “Kaputt.” If you need a refresher, watch that clip here.

Destroyer’s “Kaputt” is out now in the UK & Europe

This week we’re not just celebrating our first German cover story, but also the European release of Destroyer’s Kaputt! ¬†That’s Destroyer’s Dan Bejar gracing the current issue of German music mag Intro — one of many publications across the pond that’s raving about the album. We’ve also seen stellar reviews from NME and BBC, and these great interviews with the Quietus, The Stool Pigeon and Rockfeedback.

Dead Oceans’ European release of Kaputt is just in time for Destroyer’s European tour, which begins next week in Madrid. See the full list of dates after the jump.

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Destroyer Joins Dead Oceans For UK/EU/Japanese Release Of Kaputt, Announces Headline European Tour

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Dead Oceans are thrilled to announce that we’re handling the UK, European and Japanese release of Destroyer’s visionary new record Kaputt, which has already proven to be a critical smash in North America.

UK physical release is June 13 (it’s out now digitally), coinciding with Destroyer’s first EU headline tour. Confirmed dates below: tickets for London Heaven on June 28 will go onsale this Friday at 9am courtesy of promoters Bird On The Wire.

Read more about Destroyer and see the upcoming EU tour dates after the jump.

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tour dates

11/12/17

Hamburg, DE - Kampnagel

11/13/17

Aarhus, DK - Voxhall

11/14/17

Oslo, NO - John Dee

11/15/17

Stockholm, SE - Fasching

11/16/17

Copenhagen, DK - Vega

11/17/17

Berlin, DE - Festsaal Kreuzberg

11/18/17

Munich, DE - Ampere / Muffatwerk
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Girl in a Sling
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Bye Bye
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Kaputt
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