9 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Retreating from the garage snarl of 2013’s Monomania to the gauzy, melodic textures of 2010’s Halcyon Digest, Deerhunter have made their warmest record yet. The psychedelic swoops of “Breaker”, synth pulse of “Ad Astra” and lysergic funk of “Snakeskin” all expertly find the biting point between invention and accessibility. The gorgeous sonics are regularly just a salve for caustic lyrics though, and Bradford Cox’s outsider spirit rages with paranoia and self-laceration throughout.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Retreating from the garage snarl of 2013’s Monomania to the gauzy, melodic textures of 2010’s Halcyon Digest, Deerhunter have made their warmest record yet. The psychedelic swoops of “Breaker”, synth pulse of “Ad Astra” and lysergic funk of “Snakeskin” all expertly find the biting point between invention and accessibility. The gorgeous sonics are regularly just a salve for caustic lyrics though, and Bradford Cox’s outsider spirit rages with paranoia and self-laceration throughout.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
53 Ratings
53 Ratings
jims701

entry level

For the Deerhunter-curious who might be repelled by more eccentric or aggressive music, Fading Frontier is your own personal gateway to the band, complete with pillows and stuffed animals. For the rest of us, it’s our first chance to listen to Deerhunter with our moms nearby and no risk of agitating her. If Glenn Frey’s listened to it, he probably thinks it’s pretty good too. Not to be overly snarky, it’s still Deerhunter and entirely listenable. For those whose life soundtracks over the past several years have been largely powered by Deerhunter, there’s gratitude in having this much more to add to the mix. But we’ve seen this pattern before. Great bands get successful and a little older, maybe also a little tired, then suddenly the angst is gone. And with the angst goes the power of the music. Then again, maybe it’ll grow on me. It’s early yet. Duplex Planet seems like the strongest track. In contrast, Living My Life sounds like a new Subaru commercial.

SweetHomeChicago96

One of the Best Indie Rockers on the Scene Right Now

Deerhunter continue to create solid album after solid album since Microcastle. Each album has a different vibe and style to it which makes every album in their catalogue unique and worthwhile. This album sounds very desert-y and Deerhunter at their most creative so far. Do yourself a favour and buy this if you're a fan of indie rock.

LastOfArcadia

Sublime

Deerhunter (and band pertaining to Bradford Cox) is a musical experience unlike anything else. Breaker is an amazing song and the relevance it has to my life right now is something magical. New job--->suspension for being misunderstood because of my eccentricities and inability to connect with people---Meeting this week to see if I am "physically and emotionally fit to partake in daily routines as per my job description as a teacher"...I feel as if I am "breaking the waves" as the song implies, and all I can say is "I keep trying and trying"...There is still a stigma on people with labels (e.g., Asperger's with concomitant issues like bi-polar, OCD, ADD)...It's difficult enough to land a job, let alone when you are ostracized or at least you perceive that you are...If I were to delineate those "issues" I would be a no hire...Yet, my FBI background and state background checks clear time and time again...I digress, as this is a music review, but Breaker resonates so much with my current situation...I cannot wait until the full album release! Thanks Bradford for not making me feel completely alone and knowing that "I have tried, to break the waves and stem the tide over and over again..." Maybe the next try will be a success?

About Deerhunter

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 another well-known frontman with Marfan syndrome.) Cox often exaggerates his otherworldly look by performing in Victorian-style party frocks and engaging in Iggy Pop-style acts of ritual self-abasement while his bandmates churn out an aggressive mix of industrial-grind guitars and fractured dance rhythms that often recalls earlier Georgia art punks like the Method Actors and Pylon.

Deerhunter were formed in 2001 by Cox and drummer and keyboardist Moses Archuleta; guitarists Colin Mee and Lockett Pundt and bassist Josh Fauver completed the lineup over the following years. Deerhunter signed with the local Atlanta indie Stickfigure Records for their 2005 debut: nominally untitled, the album is also known as "Turn It Up, Faggot" (a phrase that doesn't appear on the sleeve), an insult that Cox claimed was often thrown at the band during its gigs. Deerhunter then signed to the higher-profile indie Kranky (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, etc.) for their second album, Cryptograms, as well as the EP Fluorescent Grey. Mee left Deerhunter and was replaced by former cheerleader Whitney Petty. The band recorded its third album, Microcastle, at New York City's Rare Book Room studio; the album was released digitally two months before it arrived on CD in fall 2008; like Fluorescent Grey, it found Brad Cox and company moving in a more pop-oriented direction.

Deerhunter toured extensively on the indie festival circuit, but took a break in 2010 to record their fourth album, Halcyon Digest, in their home base of Athens, Georgia. Fauver left Deerhunter before they began recording their fifth full-length, but new bassist Josh McKay and additional guitarist Frankie Broyles joined the fold in January 2013 for the recording sessions, which resulted in that May's Monomania, which had a much rougher, looser sound than the band had exhibited in some time. The band performed at that year's All Tomorrow's Parties in Camber Sands, England, playing the entirety of Cryptograms, Microcastle, and Halcyon Digest during the three-day festival. In December 2014, Cox was hit by a car and hospitalized for his injuries; fortunately, he recovered and Deerhunter continued work on their next album. Fading Frontier, which featured collaborations with Stereolab's Tim Gane and Broadcast's James Cargill as well as a duet between Cox and Pundt, arrived in October 2015. ~ Stewart Mason

ORIGIN
Atlanta, GA
FORMED
2001

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