Out Today: Blitzen Trapper

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Blitzen Trapper
Destroyer of the Void
(Sub Pop)

With each album Blitzen Trapper get more ambitious, even as they become more predictable. On 2008’s Furr, frontman Eric Earley got about as close as he could to making a Dylan/Dead/Band record without actually inventing a time machine to transport his band back to 1969. Destroyer of the Void, their fifth album, cools down a little, still evoking dusty Americana but finding some identity along the way. The album opens with the golden-rayed harmonies of the sprawling title track, sounding like a squishy Fleet Foxes leftover. But after a minute or so, “Destroyer of the Void” begins to spin a mix of double-tracked guitar runs, tiny synth burps, and spacey time shifts. It’s rather epic-sounding, which is Earley’s intention. He aims big on Destroyer of the Void, loading songs with tons of this and that, never quite settling down. Or settling into a groove. For all its big ideas, the album lacks actual songs. It’s more like a series of elaborate multipart suites, with little guidance and no direction home. —Michael Gallucci (follow me on Twitter @mgallucci)

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