Over the past few years, I’ve written quite a bit about the Toronto, ON-born, Los Angeles, CA-based JOVM mainstay Robert Alfons, best known for his solo electro pop recording TR/ST. Alfons has released two critically and commercially successful full-length albums — 2012’s self-titled album and 2014’s Joyland. Joyland was a decided change in sonic direction with the material being pop orientated and radio friendly, while possessing a club banging muscular thump.
In the five year’s since releasing Joyland, Alfons wrote and recorded material in a farmhouse in Southern Ontario and in Los Angeles, where he has since relocated, and worked with an all-star cast of collaborators on his forthcoming two album effort, Destroyer 1 and Destroyer 2. Maya Postepski, Alfons’ collaborator on his self-titled debut co-wrote and co-produced six of the album’s songs. The Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based producer and electronic music artist also worked with co-producers Lars Stalfors and Damian Taylor to further refine the album’s sound. Interestingly, the key ingredient to creating the album’s material — which will be released on April 19, 2019 and in November 2019 — was patience.
“The environment I work in has always guided me. But it took a long time to submit to the kind of patience these songs were asking of me. I was getting glimpses of what I wanted to achieve with the album,” he says. “But it wasn’t feeling cohesive; things weren’t aligning in a clear direction.” Alfons realized it was a question of patience and perseverance. “My first two records were put out so close to one another that I think of them as one,” he says, “They just poured out of me.” With The Destroyer, the process was entirely different. “It was so much more careful. I found myself seeking spaces of absolute quiet; I needed them in order to hear what was going on inside.”
“Gone,” Destroyer 1‘s latest single is built around shimmering and arpeggiated synths, stuttering beats, a tight motorik groove, a soaring and incredibly anthemic hook and while possessing around a dreamy, pop leaning accessibility, the song is centered around a swooning and urgent Romanticism that recalls 80s synth pop and New Wave — in particular, New Order‘s “Bizarre Love Triangle,” comes to mind.
Alfons will be embarking on US and European tours to support the new album. The US leg of the tour includes a May 3, 2019 stop at Elsewhere. Check out the rest of the tour dates below.
04/09 – London, UK | Corsica Studios
04/11 – Barcelone, ES | Razzmatazz
04/12 – Madrid, ES | Sala Caracol
04/13 – Paris, FR | Le Bababoum
04/15 – Amsterdam, NL | Bitterzoet
04/17 – Copenhagen, DK | Vega
04/19 – Berlin, DE | Urban Spree
04/20 – St. Petersburg, RU| MOD
04/21 – Moscow, RU | Pluton
04/26 – Toronto, ON | Phoenix Concert Theatre
04/27 – Montreal, QC | Corona Theatre
05/01 – Boston, MA | Brighton Music Hall
05/03 – Brooklyn, NY | Elsewhere
05/04 – Philadelphia. PA | Underground Arts
05/05 – Washington, DC | U Street Music Hall
05/09 – Detroit, MI | El Club
05/10 – Chicago, IL | Lincoln Hall
05/11 – Minneapolis, MN | Fine Line Music Cafe
05/14 – Portland, OR | Wonder Ballroom
05/15 – Seattle, WA | Neumos
05/17 – San Francisco, CA | Great American Music Hall
05/18 – Los Angeles, CA | The Fonda Theatre
06/07-09 – Austin, TX | Austin Terror Fest