11 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Deerhunter’s dark, dreamy indie rock reached its crest on their fifth album, Halcyon Digest. Marrying punk grit with the romantic lilt of doo-wop ballads and early '60s pop, the band created a kind of modern noir—seductive and mysterious but alluringly rough around the edges. Songs like “Revival” and “Memory Boy” ring out like a basement-dwelling version of The Byrds; “Basement Scene” is their “La Bamba”—a fascinating take on the past by one of the present’s most unusual indie rock bands.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Deerhunter’s dark, dreamy indie rock reached its crest on their fifth album, Halcyon Digest. Marrying punk grit with the romantic lilt of doo-wop ballads and early '60s pop, the band created a kind of modern noir—seductive and mysterious but alluringly rough around the edges. Songs like “Revival” and “Memory Boy” ring out like a basement-dwelling version of The Byrds; “Basement Scene” is their “La Bamba”—a fascinating take on the past by one of the present’s most unusual indie rock bands.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
408 Ratings
408 Ratings
Mofo31 ,

One of The Best of The Year

Deerhunter manage to put out another great album and in my opinion probably their best and most diverse. Tracks like 'Earthquake' and 'Sailing' have a great ambient feel, while 'Fountain Stairs and 'Coronado' sound like lost David Bowie B-sides. All of the songs are really amazing and Bradford Cox establishes just how great of a songwriter and composer he is. Guitarist Lockett Pundt penned and sings 'Desire Lines' which is the standout (and maybe the best) track on the album and shows that Bradford isn't the only one with all the talent. Halcyon Digest is flat out awesome from a lyrical and musical standpoint and it maketh me very happy.

toiletexaminer ,

Beautiful

This album is beautiful. This album is album of the year. This album is Deerhunter's best. End of discussion.

mr. explosives ,

Deerhunter get dreamy, or is this Atlas Sound?

Deerhunter never like to keep to one specific sound, from the flat-out trippy weirdness of "Cryptograms" to the psychedelic-pop-metal mashup of "Microcastle", these guys always keep you guessing."Halcyon Digest" is no diffrent, Deerhunter pretty much abandon the aggresion and abrasiveness they had on "Microcaslte" and never really get as heavy or distorted on this album. Instead Deerhunter go for a much more ambient and dreamy feel on this record, like on the skeletal opener "Earthquake" and "Sailing", which sounds a lot like frontman Bradford Cox's solo work on Atlas Sound. Speaking of Atlas Sound, there are points here where its hard to tell whether your listening to Deerhunter or Atlas Sound , especially on the tracks "Don't Cry" and the lead single "Revival". There are some rockers on here though, for example "Desire Lines" is a great 6 minute jam penned by guitarist Lockett Pundt, although one thing that kind of bugged me about that track is that it sounds almost exactly like Arcade Fire's "Rebellion (Lies)" at some points. "Coronado" is defintely one of the album's highlights, taking hints from The Strokes and even adding a cool saxophone solo in the mix, and what seems to be the albums "hit" so far: "Helicopter" is good song but I feel it's a bit too light and poppy for me, I prefer the original version without the drum-machine. Overall this is a great album that I recommend you at least give a listen too, especially if you are a Deerhunter/Atlas Sound fan.
STANDOUT TRACKS: "Coronado", "Earthquake", "Desire Lines"

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