Four years after the great album Kaputt, Dan Bejar is back with another album of mysterious, eloquent music that doesn’t seem to belong to any genre ever invented by man or rock critic. Musically, the new Poison Season splits the difference between early-Bowie glam rock and rippling, luxuriant smooth jazz, with a few extra flourishes, like ambient synth drones or percolating congas, in there to throw you off even further. And lyrically, it’s another example of Bejar opening up whole new worlds in his almost-amelodic sing-speak, daring you to figure out exactly what he’s talking about. We’ve heard the early tracks “Dream Lover,” “Girl In A Sling,” and “Times Square.” And now, thanks to NPR, you can stream the entire song cycle below.
Poison Season is out 8/28 via Merge/Dead Oceans.