Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Blue Cheese - 4:38
Destroyer - Sometimes in the World - 2:34
Courtney Melba Barnett is an Australian singer, songwriter, and musician. Known for her witty, rambling lyrics and deadpan singing style
Kurt Samuel Vile is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is known for his solo work and as the former lead guitarist of rock band The War on Drugs.
Contributor for Pitchfork.com, Stuart Berman says, “The collaborative LP from Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett feels like an overheard discussion between two existential misfits. They sing songs about writing songs, covering each other in the process.”
Destroyer is a Canadian rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia fronted by singer-songwriter Dan Bejar (pr. bay-har) and formed in 1995. Destroyer songs are characterized by abstract, poetic lyrics and idiosyncratic vocals. The band's discography draws on a variety of musical influences, resulting in albums that can sound markedly distinct from one another; in Bejar's words, "That's kind of my goal: to start from scratch every time."
In 2002, Bejar said about the band name, "I kind of wanted to go for a rock 'n' roll name. In our own special way we're tearing stuff apart, you just have to listen very carefully. Musically I knew it was never going to be a metal band, but I thought lyrically there were fangs to the music." Bejar added in 2008, "I was actually so out of it I didn’t know that there was a Kiss record called Destroyer because I didn’t know anything about Kiss. I still don’t know anything about them. I just thought it was a cool rock-and-roll name, and I was kind of blown away that it hadn’t been taken already. I was like, 'I have to use this because it’s so weird that no one’s used it before.'"
Destroyer’s 12th album, 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.