Deerhunter – Snakeskin

The starting cymbal shimmer reminds me of Ride’s “Like A Daydream”, and then shapeshifts into the percussive funk of “Snakeskin”, the first track to be taken from Deerhunter’s new album Fading Frontier, set for release on 16th October on 4AD.

Stolen from 4AD’s press release, they speaking of Fading Frontier shifting away from the “death-rattle garage catharsis of Monomonia, towards something strikingly balanced, focused on melody and texture. The songs are brighter; if not in content, then in the album’s production. Starkness plays against clutter in what is the band’s most complex yet accessible work to date.”

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Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4ad
★★★★★★★½☆☆

It was Spacemen 3 that coined the phrase “taking drugs to make music to take drugs to”, and given that everybody these days seems to be on something, Atlanta, GA’s Deerhunter, appear to have taken that statement to heart, albeit in a more functional, prescribed way. To completely understand the disassociated environment that Deerhunter’s music exists in, it would be interesting to find out what sustains them. A musical pharmacopeia Halcyon Digest isn’t, but the fact that ‘Halcion’ is drug prescribed to treat anxiety and insomnia hasn’t gone entirely unnoticed either.

Microcastle staked its place as one of the great albums of the decade, one that effortlessly summed up what Deerhunter were — a collision of Pavement’s laconic lo-fi flutters and My Bloody Valentine’s expressways to your skull, all fed by Cox’s recurring themes of paranoia and nostalgia. … Read the rest