The 2020 Prism Prize for Best Canadian Music Video was awarded to Peter Huang, for his clip for Jessie Reyez's Far Away. We will continue to profile noteworthy Canadian videos that were eligible for the Prize, including this one from an acclaimed indie rock auteur from Vancouver.
Destroyer - Cue Synthesizer
Fronted by singer/songwriter Dan Bejar, Destroyer is a Canadian rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia, one he formed in 1995. With well over 20 years in the music industry, Destroyer knows a thing or two about making albums and songs. With such a wide discography, Bejar says that each song or album can sound completely distinct from one another.
Of note: He was a key member of The New Pornographers for much of that group's long career.
His latest release, Cue Synthesizer, comes from his 12th studio album, Have We Met Yet. The song is described by Bejar as “maybe the most audacious piece of music Destroyer’s laid to tape.”
Cue Synthesizer is accompanied by a stunning music video in which a hooded/caped crew of warehouse workers move around town wrapping the world up in plastic. Bejar finds himself trapped in a car in which the workers have already wrapped. Feeling frigid and isolated he sings “The idea of the world is no good,”. Eventually, the workers take a break from their activities to stop at a bench, with the video coming to an end.
Director: David Ehrenreich
Producer: David Galloway
Director of Photography: Liam Mitchell
Choreographers: Maiko Miyauchi, Cristina Bucci
Production Company: Border Patrol Films