Dan Bejar is widely regarded as one of the most progressive and unrelenting lyricists working today. He has explored rhetoric concerned with aspects of our underground culture, romance, and has fascinated us with an idiosyncratic command of criticism and irony in his song-writing since the mid-nineties. It's so difficult to conventionally consider or contextualise his musical output, as the ambition of the work is seldom similar to its predecessor, yet you can always find solace in his constant; his lyrics.

A few months back, "the English language seemed spent, despicable, not easily singable" to Bejar, and he wanted to take a breather, so decided to record music in a different language. He used songs from "one of his favourite songwriters," Antonio Luque, and imposed them onto a Destroyer backdrop, conjuring an EP which feels like a declaration of love for one of the romance languages, Spanish. To take on songs which aren't his own is quite the feat for somebody who has placed such an onus on his own vision and language in the past, and that's what makes Five Spanish Songs so alluring.

Layers of sun-soaked percussion, slide, and plucked bass, are caressed by intertwined guitars; 'Maria De Las Nievas' empezar el EP. Though pleasant, it's the inimitable presence of Dan Bejar's ethereal vocals that define the piece. The warmth of Five Spanish Songs is almost immediate and equally peculiar: hearing Bejar's falsetto - which so often delivers frosty messages and melodies - thawed by its Mediterranean centre is otherworldly.

Franz Kafka's name is loosely recalled between the distinctive chords of mariachi-type nylon string guitar and croons of female vocals' as we're treated to 'Del Monton', a song which belongs down the handsome streets of Catalonia. The throbbing 'El Rito' acts as the point of realisation that each track is unique from one another on the release, and from then on every moment feels like a step without a map.

When a release consists of cover versions alone, you fear that there'll be a disconnection or detachment between the singer and the songs they're playing, but through Bejar's love of Luque and his songs, there's an overriding feeling of sincerity throughout. You can hear him trying to convey understanding and emphasis with his deliveries in a way which would be strange for him to do in his own work.

'Babieca' is antagonistic and impressive. The song uses proximity in a fascinating way: the distant washes of arpeggiated guitar belong in a dream state with whistling synthesisers. However, juxtaposed by Bejar's upfront vocal and spurred by erratic hand-patted percussion, it has a texture which is triumphant, unique, and enthralling. 'Bye Bye', the sweetest and simplest on the EP, signals a sunset.

Five Spanish Songs, a five-song vignette that was recorded in a fortnight, should be received and enjoyed in the way it was intended to be; a piece which embraces the love of something foreign with the arms of something familiar.