Well this is odd. According to Pitchfork, Destroyer, the Dan-Bejar-led band, will release a Spanish-language EP covering five songs from Sr. Chinarro’s catalogue. The “ingeniously” titled Five Spanish Songs will be out November 29th on Merge. Apparently, Bejar is really over English. Like, not really on speaking terms with English it’s so bad. Except for this quote below. This quote is definitely in English, and he still conducts his personal and public life in Spanish, but, like, in a begrudging sort of way I’m sure.
It was 2013. The English language seemed spent, despicable, not easily singable. It felt over for English; good for business transactions, but that’s about it. The only other language I know is Spanish, and the only Spanish songs I really know are those of Sr. Chinarro, led by Antonio Luque. I’ve been a decades-long fan of how he conducted his affairs, his strange words, his melodies that have always felt so natural (this is important), his bitter songs about painting the light. Something about them, I knew I could do it…
Umm, O-K. But how will the English language thrive if our Canadian brethren refuse to uphold it???
The EP will also feature David Carswell, Stephen Hamm, and Black Mountain’s Josh Wells. I guess Canadians really like Sr. Chinarro. Color me confused.