Destroyer "Times Square"

Destroyer "Times Square"
The song "Times Square" appears on Destroyer's album Poison Season three times: there's a two-part orchestral version that bookends the album, and there's a more upbeat acoustic rock version. Now, the rock version has emerged.

With its peppy acoustic strums, electric leads and Rod Stewart-esque piano, this song recalls the Brit-rock leanings of some of Destroyer's early work (think 2001's Streethawk: A Seduction). But there's a twist: this arrangement also includes conga-clattering Latin percussion and jazzy sax.

Here's how a press release describes the song:

With a Lou Reed referencing guitar strum intro that leads slowly into an explosion of sound — the saxophone, piano tinkering, heavy drums that somehow feel at ease within this wide collection of sounds — it's easy to tell why Dan Bejar states that this was the most natural song to write.

Perhaps this is the reason why the music so greatly personifies what the lyrics are about — the raw, unfiltered emotions of stepping onto New York soil for the first time. Fear, wondering, apprehension and excitement, it's difficult not to fall in love with it, or as the song states more specifically, "fall in love with Times Square."


Hear the song below. Poison Season is out on August 28 through Merge Records/Dead Oceans.

See the band's upcoming tour schedule here, and be sure to check out Exclaim!'s freshly published Essential Guide to Destroyer.