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It’s been a strong morning today. First I had the delights of the new Still Corners and Georgiana Starlington LPs to review, and now the new Deerhunter has turned up! This job isn’t so bad sometimes, you know. Cox and co are in fine form, too, kicking off the album with a couple of scratchy garage-punky chunks of obnoxious sophisto-pop before settling into their classic reverbed driftpop sound on ‘The Missing’ with hazy guitar jangle and gliding synths.
As the album progresses we get triumphant psych-pop gem ‘Dream Captain’ sounding like a lost janglepop classic from the late ‘80s with hazy slacker vibes and mind-bogglingly catchy hooks plus some vicious loud/quiet/loud dynamics making it the album’s clear radio hit, and a slew of other songs running the gamut from tentative acoustic intimacy and tiptoeing pastoral psychedelia to crunchy, spluttering rock with the self-assured fluidity you’d expect from a band with Deerhunter’s track record.
‘Sleepwalking’ is another highlight, reminding me of their Atlantan buddies Carnivores with their noisier edges sanded down into a Real Estate haze, but it’s really hard to pick strong points in an album that’s full of them! To me this feels like their most carefree and upbeat release to date in many ways, a sun-bleached pop haze replete with JAMC-esque psych-noise crunch. Has this been a good year for music so far or what?
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