Dan Bejar, King of [Indie] Pop
OK, I can't really defend that title, but it got your attention, no?
Dan Bejar is the brains behind and the voice of Destroyer. He's also part of the supergroup the New Pornographers. The reason I can't really call him the king of Pop is because the only work I've heard from him is on the latest Pornographers album, Twin Cinema, and Destroyer's new album, Destroyer's Rubies. But I can say that he stands head and shoulders above his peers.
Yesterday in the lab I listened to several indie/alternative pop albums: Twin Cinema, Oh, Inverted World! by the Shins, The Life Pursuit by Belle and Sebastian, and Set Yourself on Fire by Stars. These are all quality albums with great sounds, nice hooks, catchy tunes, well-written and well-performed all around. But they're not exceptionally adventurous or undpredictable. I enjoy the music a lot but I'm not extremely enthusiastic about it. Destroyer's Rubies, on the other hand, while fitting into the same category of these pop albums, is big and adventurous, and relatively unconstrained. I think I'm going to post a proper reveiw of Destroyer's Rubies, but I just wanted to get it out there that I think Destroyer is the head of the indie pop class.