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Deerhunter’s fourth studio album invokes the blissed-out sonic textures and stark beauty of 4AD’s roster back in its late-‘80s/early-‘90s heyday, while retaining the innovative and successful sound experiments associated with Kranky Records. Halcyon Digest is a dreamier-sounding affair than preceding recordings, beginning with “Earthquake,” a slowly layered composition where gauzy electric guitars are looped alongside lazy beats and dive-bomb leads reminiscent of Slowdive’s first two EPs. “Don’t Cry” shifts gears to lock into a more '60s inspired sound where fuzzy distortion and reverb add a bygone teenage-delinquent vibe that the band carry into “Basement Scene,” which sounds largely inspired by The Everlys’ “All I Have To Do Is Dream.” The drop-dead gorgeous “Desire Lines” is everything a good indie-rock song should be; catchy, clever, demure, melodic, rough-around-the-edges and confident in the balance of familiarity and forward thinking ideas. Dedicated to Jay Reatard, “He Would Have Laughed” unpredictably eschews obvious garage-rock trappings for beautifully haunting tiers of tonalities and lyrical nostalgia.

Biography

Formed: 2001 in Atlanta, GA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Deerhunter are an experimental noise rock band from Atlanta, fronted by the compellingly odd singer Bradford Cox. Cox's vocal style blends vocal experimentation along the lines of Meredith Monk or Yoko Ono with a more direct and punky howl inspired by the Fall's Mark E. Smith. Cox is also a striking on-stage presence: the exceedingly skinny 6'4" lead singer has Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder of the connective tissue that gives him abnormally long and spindly limbs. (The late Joey Ramone was...
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