High Five

Dan Bejar translates the Destroyer’s latest

On Nov. 25, the enigmatic Canadian indie-rock band Destroyer releases new material for the first time since 2011’s “Kaputt.” The very literally titled “Five Spanish Songs” is an EP of songs written by Spanish musician Antonio Luque. Frontman Dan Bejar became a fan of Luque’s music 21 years ago, when his cousin played guitar in Luque’s band Sr. Chinarro.

“My Spanish is OK, but I’m not fluent,” said Bejar — which is good, because neither are we. So we asked him to translate the track list for us in his own terms.

1. “Maria de las nieves” “This seemed like the most immediate of his songs. I wanted to get the same reaction. It’s straightforward adult contemporary, by that I mean like Wilco or [Beck’s album] “Sea Change,” but with Spanish influences.”


2. “Del monton” “This song is pretty jaunty. I wanted it to have that real Euro-coffeehouse feeling. I was thinking of [Italian singer] Paolo Conte. He’s got a smoky, jazzy style and I think sang it in a lower register because of that.”

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3. “El rito” “The original is probably the closest Luque has come to a traditional flamenco song. I wanted to do something different. I thought it would be cool to have traditional vocal harmonies but overall make it a straight-up rock song.”

4. “Babieca” “This is the most along the lines of what Destroyer had been doing, at least live and in bits of recording I have been doing. But way more of a guitar workout between Dave [Carswell]’s chicken-scratch disco guitar and Nick [Bragg]’s shredding.”

5. “Bye bye” “This was the first one where we just set up the microphone and I picked up a guitar for the first time in a long time and sang it beginning to end. It seemed to sound good that way — like I meant it.”


Dan Bejar of Destroyer performs with Pink Mountaintops at Brighton Music Hall on Wednesday, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15.

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