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Destroyer conceived of Have We Met as a Y2K album. Dan Bejar assigned producer and bandmate John Collins the role of layering synth and rhythm sections over demos with the period-specific Björk, Air, and Massive Attack in mind, but he soon realized the sonic template was too removed from Destroyer???s own, and the idea of a concept was silly anyway. So he abandoned it and gave Collins the most timeless instruction of all: ???Make it sound cool.??? The result is not a startling departure from 2017???s ken, but unlike that more band-oriented approach, the only actual instruments that appear are bass and electric guitar. MIDI instrumentation will of course invite Your Blues and Kaputt nostalgia, but Have We Met is buoyed by precise, plasticky guitar shredding three dimensionally across massive percussion???the loudest and dirtiest drums on a Destroyer record to date. Atmosphere and loose approximations of a place or feeling are what we???ve come to expect from any new Destroyer record??? certainly not an easily defined and stridently adhered to theme or concept. Have We Met manages to meet somewhere between those disparate Y2K reference points and Destroyer???s own area of expertise, gliding deftly into territory that marries the old strident Destroyer with the new, aged crooning one of late.
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