Halfbird was the third album by San Francisco indie rock absurdists Deerhoof. The band formed in 1994, so 2019 marks their 25th anniversary. Halfbird is being reissued by Joyful Noise along with debut The Man, The King, The Girl and sophomore album, Holdypaws. This is the first time the album has been issued on vinyl, and it’s on pink/yellow split colour vinyl n’all!
Limited Vinyl LP £18.36 JNR319LPC1
Pink & yellow split colour vinyl LP on Joyful Noise.
- Coloured vinyl
- Limited edition
- Includes download code
In a world where, more often than not, noise rock is confrontational, I’m very thankful for Deerhoof. For 25 years they’ve been charming the world using what is among the least charming genres (look at some of Daughters’ on stage antics if you don’t believe me (actually maybe don’t)). This has been their mission since the very start of their career, I mean just look at the track names on ‘Halfbird’, the band’s third album. We’ve got ‘Queen Orca Wicca Wind’, we’ve got ‘Xmas Tree’, we’ve got ‘Littleness’. How can you not be charmed?
This is an understandably raw version of the Deerhoof sound. With the time and resources that come with being a moderately successful indie rock band, Deerhoof have become a band known for their precision, their synchronisation. ‘Halfbird’ is a little more loose, a little more shambolic. The guitars chug and crunch and the drums go off like explosions in your ear. And everything is held together by Satomi Matsuzaki’s voice. On “Trickybird’ the music twinkles while she speaks softly, and then she start shouting. And the music follows suit. It makes for a record that’s unpredictable and all the more exciting for it.
Second track ‘Six Holes On A Stick’ features a some sort of wood wind, which cuts a very pleasing shape through all the noise. It adds a very welcome bit of textural variety that can be a bit lacking on ‘Halfbird’, though that is certainly something that band have leaned into more since then.
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