Holdypaws was Deerhoof's third album originally released in 1999 and if you are good at counting you'll be able to figure out that was 20 years ago. To celebrate, Kill Rock Stars have put out a new edition which is not only remastered but has been resequenced. It calmed down their sound somewhat from their earlier efforts containing the shards of pop nous they would become known for.
Vinyl LP £22.99 LPKRS659LE
Coloured vinyl LP on Kill Rock Stars. Remastered, resequenced, and pressed on vinyl for the first time.
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Perhaps the most important trick in Deerhoof’s arsenal is singer Satomi Matsuzaki voice. It’s high-pitched and crystalline and cuts through their noisy instrumentation like a shaft of light. You get so used to hearing a gruff voiced man barking over the sort of music Deerhoof make that, 25 years into their career, it’s still kind of hard to get your head round.
‘Holdypaws’ was the band’s third album, and was first released way back in 1999. It’s bracingly uncompromising. Here is a band who have always been willing to play with their medium. ‘Queen of the Lake’ is pretty much three different songs. One where guitars and vocals match rhythms, one where they form a manic call and response and one where they stretch out and blend into each other. It’s this idea a minute approach their makes Deerhoof’s music so addictive and so intriguing. I mean, ‘The Great Car Tomb’ starts with Matsuzaki singing the word ‘beep’ along with a guitar, before transforming into a kind of loose but knotty post-punk jam reminiscent of the Ex.
They can also be pummeling in way that brings to mind Daughters; ‘The Moose’s Daughter’ is just relentless. But amidst all this, their songs always remain just that, songs. This is another of Deerhoof’s tricks. No matter how abstract and experimental they get (and boy do they get abstract and experimental), their music has a kind of pop sensibility that makes it hard to dislike.
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