Nearly three years after Halcyon Digest delivered crowd-pleasing permutations of Deerhunter's sound with such songs as "Helicopter," "Revival," and "Desire Lines," the group remains one of the dicier acts on the leading edge of American art rock. Although the group came into its own as an outsider amid Atlanta's garage/punk boon of the early to mid-aughts, Deerhunter's penchant for crafting singularly noisy and melodic avant-garde rock has been its defining trait from the very beginning. With its fifth album, Monomania (4AD), the group stays true to that vision while hammering out a dark and tangled collection of songs that are rich with both intimacy and urgency - a slapdash masterpiece that makes Halcyon Digest feel tame by comparison. Continue reading ...
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