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Boomkat Product Review:
One of Portland's foremost exports, Blitzen Trapper return with an album that's their second offering on Sub Pop and their fifth in all. This is a record that states its intentions from the very outset, embarking upon a title-track that's equal parts ludicrous and brilliant. It's as if thirty-five years of pop music evolution never happened and that somehow the world got stuck in a prog-Americana themed episode of The Old Grey Whistle Test. This isn't in anyway clinical or conceptual however, and the intricacies of this band's music only prove to make them more appealing - even accessible. Through 'Destroyer Of The Void' and the ensuing 'Laughing Lover' Blitzen Trapper seem to slot layer upon layer of melody into their compositions and the outcome is memorably baroque. In terms of musicianship these guys are clearly abundantly proficient, yet the instrumentation never strays into the realms of indulgence and the songs are scrupulously served - even on the elaborately pieced together likes of 'Lover Leave Me Drowning', which comes complete with a perfectly pitched string arrangement courtesy of Brodericks Peter and Heather. In contrast to all this ornate fare, the more stripped down recordings prove highly fruitful too, from the outlaw country sounds of 'The Man Who Would Speak True' to 'The Tree', which features a wonderful shared vocal with Alela Diane. Destroyer Of The Void is likely to prove a tad too retro for some audiences, yet it revisits the past in the most honest and least self-conscious fashion - harnessing the songs and musical vision of the past without having to resort to stylisation or production tricks. Recommended.