Dan Bejar drew inspiration from different eras in an entirely different country than his native Canada. His lyrics reflect on the end of Margaret Thatcher’s term as British prime minister, which drew to a close in 1990 after eleven years, and Bejar took the 2017 album’s name, Ken, from a Suede song from 1994. This approach is standard for the songwriter and bandleader, who’s known for making idiosyncratic music — of no particular era and utterly his own. Songs like “Sky’s Grey” reveal an almost relaxed paranoia, and on “Ivory Coast,” Bejar sings over echoing synths and languid horns, “Will I have to say goodbye to all this dirt, all this snow? Yes, I think so” — sounding as though he were watching the collapse of the Iron Lady’s empire through Ray-Bans.
In making Destroyer’s twelfth full-length album,