Destroyer - Poison Season | Merge
- That’s a good question. I will say — and “attractive” is the right word — it’s always attractive to me. I don’t know if it’s something that necessarily drives me as a person, but when I see it in art, I love it almost across the board. I feel like it’s a huge part of the songwriting traditions that I love. When you’re singing a song, it has to be life or death. There has to be something at stake, and these concerns are part of that.
It’s not like I expect to find any answers, but I like the idea of striving for some kind of light or revelation. And I like the idea that the striving is futile, that the answer’s not the thing, but the struggle is the thing. And that’s what gets documented when we open our mouths or write stuff down.
As far as anything I might be going through… I think it’s very natural to get older and start to get consumed by these things. You reach a certain age and you feel death’s talon resting on your shoulder — your mind is gonna go there. It’s gonna go there more and more. And also, lyrically, all of the poetry lies in those things. Language becomes rich the minute you start addressing those concerns.
To me, the record sounds like a lost soul. It’s not an abrasive listen, but I feel like it is a darker listen than most Destroyer records. There’s a [sense of] foreboding, like a figure that feels ill at ease in the world. Maybe that’s something I passed through — I don’t necessarily think of myself in those terms, but there’s definitely a distance from the world. Maybe that just creates a way of seeing the world as a hostile place."
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