Savage Night at the Opera
Label: Merge Records
Dan Bejar is something of a musical nomad, and his ninth album is the consummate diary of his travels. From soft rock, acid jazz and vintage funk to ambient electro, space rock and new wave, he explores areas well-wandered, but rarely linked within the same journey. It comes quite effortlessly, too: Sultry synths share kisses with breathy flutes and smooth-operating sax. Bejar remains cool and calm; he doesn't so much sing as he intones with the lulling touch of a therapist, even when his words add unexpected spark: "Wasting your days, chasing some girls, alright, chasing cocaine."