Hard to believe that it hasnt even been two full years since Deerhunter unleashed Cryptograms into the world. The ensuing Pitchfork obsession, constant touring and Bradford Coxs Atlas Sound adventure have all left indelible marks on the group.
All of these things read like an impressionists diary entries lingering between every note, reverberating strum, and coo heard throughout the groups third full-length, Microcastle (Kranky). From the epic, melancholy wail and fading guitar arch that opens the album in Cover Me (Slowly), its plain to see that this is not the same Deerhunter once personified by Cox masquerading in a dress.
Whereas Cryptograms propelled the group into the blogosphere with a full and confident stride, Microcastle is a world-weary album thats somewhat damaged but not disheartened by experience. The album finds the group shedding the shoe-gazer fuzz and aggression of the past, but thats not to say that it doesnt come armed with some incredibly catchy pop hooks.
Never Stops and Saved by Old Times are bound by a sense of classic pop simplicity so uncomplicated that the subtleties and repeating cyclical structures of each song become addictive. Every second of the album is shrouded in a hue of ghostly and psychedelic fog, but Microcastle is not about sensory overload. Its about nostalgia, reflection and growing up.
With its Stereolab-esque bouts of rhythms and droning, distorted harmonies, Nothing Ever Happened is the catchiest song on the record. Its also the albums most complex chapter that bridges the gap between Cryptograms and the here and now.
Despite the simplicities, the songs on Microcastle are rhythmically complex and therefore require patience. As such, the album isnt the best place for Deehunter newcomers to start. But Microcastle is without a doubt a five-star record, and the departure from the avant-garde pop grind of Cryptograms serves the group well.
Deerhunter plays with Jay Reatard, Times New Viking and Pylon. $16. 8 p.m. Fri., Oct. 31. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354.
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"Punk" style like this seems like it is the polar opposite of punk. Bradford Cox…
They're kind of starting to look like a joke of themselves. Song's good though.
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Their show with Chris, Lord about 3 years at the Unicorn was the best.