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A year after the release of Kaputt, Destroyer’s Dan Bejar was feeling, well, kaput. “Once you break with rock music, the kind of music I listened to for so long, it’s hard to find your feet again,” Bejar told Washington City Paper in 2012, around the time he was touring Kaputt’s hazy, detached, and debauched art-pop disco for the second time. And what could one do? Having walked away from his band’s ticcish, rock-interrogating electric folk, Bejar had cast himself off into “a kind of void or something,” he said. Wherever the Vancouver songwriter lands, at least he’s finding rewards in the ether. Five Spanish Songs, Destroyer’s latest, is limited to Spanish-language covers of the Seville band Sr. Chinarro, but it doesn’t feel like a stopgap release. Rendered Destroyerishly—some late Roxy Music sweep, some early Bowie crunch, the occasional Iberian flourish—these songs feel at home in Bejar’s songbook, even if his role, for once, is chiefly interpretive. And his own tongue? “The English language seemed spent, despicable, not easily singable,” Bejar says in Five Spanish Songs’ press materials. “It felt over for English; good for business transactions, but that’s about it.” Destroyer performs with Pink Mountaintops at 8 p.m. at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $22. (202) 408-3100. sixthandi.org.