Fading Frontier (LP)


Deerhunter

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Amoeba Review

10/14/2015

Deerhunter’s seventh album continues to refine the band’s once murky and psychedelic sound into taut guitar pop. There’s a warmth to the sound here that rounds out their more brittle tones and dark subject matter. Check out the jaunty opener “All the Same” or gently grooving “Breaker,” with co-vocals by Bradford Cox and Lockett Pundt—Deerhunter have never sounded this comfortable in their own skin. Cox is more engaged than ever, seeking direct emotional connection with his lyrics (“What is it you’re after? Don’t just stand there,” he cajoles in “Take Care”). Like one of his influences, Johnny Marr, guitarist Pundtt comes up with a variety of guitar tones while delivering a consistent style of garage rock chords looping, clean guitar lines. Synthesizers and drum machines play a more active role, laying the floating foundation for a tune like the dreamy “Take Care,” while the scuzz-funk of a tune like “Snakeskin” shows Deerhunter willing to take chances without futzing with their sound too much. However much Deerhunter whittle their sound, eschewing the noise of previous album Monomania and the more ambient aspects of some of their work, save for maybe the gentle synth waves of “Ad Astra,” Deerhunter are still malcontents at heart—over an uplifting organ and acoustic guitar on “Carrion,” Cox sings “What’s wrong with me?” in a slightly off-kilter croon. They’ve just made their exorcisms more listenable than ever.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
All the Same
Deerhunter 03:05
2.
Living My Life
Deerhunter 03:49
3.
Breaker
Deerhunter 03:31
4.
Duplex Planet
Deerhunter 02:40
5.
Take Care
Deerhunter 04:12


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Leather and Wood
Deerhunter 05:55
2.
Snakeskin
Deerhunter 04:20
3.
Ad Astra
Deerhunter 05:32
4.
Carrion
Deerhunter 02:58

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