2022 Polaris Music Prize Short List Spotlight – Destroyer


Playful, mischievous, and dark, Destroyer’s LABYRINTHITIS, is nothing short of a celebration of 25 years of Canadian indie rock.

Fronted by New Pornographers guitarist and vocalist Dan Bejar in 1995, LABYRINTHITIS is the 13th addition to Destroyer’s patchwork discography, which is renowned for drawing on new and varying musical influences for every new release. With LABYRINTHITIS, soft psychedelica is mixed with a familiar feeling of baroque pop. Combined with sleepy, conversational lyrics with no discernable theme, the listener remains engaged through the album’s ten tracks. Listening to the record, it’s not hard for one to be completely transformed back to a time when Canadian independent music ruled the early podcast and underground airwaves. It makes for a great entry point for anyone looking to explore both the catalogue of Destroyer and their 2000s indie contemporaries.

LABYRINTHITIS is a testament to the Canadian independent music landscape. But does it have what it takes to win the 2022 Polaris Music Prize? Tune in on September 19 to CBC Gem, CBC Music’s Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter pages, and globally at cbcmusic.ca/polaris at 8:00 p.m. ET. to learn the winner live from Toronto’s Carlu. General admission tickets to the gala are on sale right now via Ticketmaster.

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