9 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Retreating from the garage snarl of 2013’s Monomania to the gauzy, melodic textures of 2010’s Halcyon Digest, Deerhunter have made their warmest record yet. The psychedelic swoops of “Breaker”, synth pulse of “Ad Astra” and lysergic funk of “Snakeskin” all expertly find the biting point between invention and accessibility. The gorgeous sonics are regularly just a salve for caustic lyrics though, and Bradford Cox’s outsider spirit rages with paranoia and self-laceration throughout.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Retreating from the garage snarl of 2013’s Monomania to the gauzy, melodic textures of 2010’s Halcyon Digest, Deerhunter have made their warmest record yet. The psychedelic swoops of “Breaker”, synth pulse of “Ad Astra” and lysergic funk of “Snakeskin” all expertly find the biting point between invention and accessibility. The gorgeous sonics are regularly just a salve for caustic lyrics though, and Bradford Cox’s outsider spirit rages with paranoia and self-laceration throughout.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
54 Ratings

54 Ratings

jims701 ,

entry level

For the Deerhunter-curious who might be repelled by more eccentric or aggressive music, Fading Frontier is your own personal gateway to the band, complete with pillows and stuffed animals. For the rest of us, it’s our first chance to listen to Deerhunter with our moms nearby and no risk of agitating her. If Glenn Frey’s listened to it, he probably thinks it’s pretty good too. Not to be overly snarky, it’s still Deerhunter and entirely listenable. For those whose life soundtracks over the past several years have been largely powered by Deerhunter, there’s gratitude in having this much more to add to the mix. But we’ve seen this pattern before. Great bands get successful and a little older, maybe also a little tired, then suddenly the angst is gone. And with the angst goes the power of the music. Then again, maybe it’ll grow on me. It’s early yet. Duplex Planet seems like the strongest track. In contrast, Living My Life sounds like a new Subaru commercial.

SweetHomeChicago96 ,

One of the Best Indie Rockers on the Scene Right Now

Deerhunter continue to create solid album after solid album since Microcastle. Each album has a different vibe and style to it which makes every album in their catalogue unique and worthwhile. This album sounds very desert-y and Deerhunter at their most creative so far. Do yourself a favour and buy this if you're a fan of indie rock.

LastOfArcadia ,

Sublime

Deerhunter (and band pertaining to Bradford Cox) is a musical experience unlike anything else. Breaker is an amazing song and the relevance it has to my life right now is something magical. New job--->suspension for being misunderstood because of my eccentricities and inability to connect with people---Meeting this week to see if I am "physically and emotionally fit to partake in daily routines as per my job description as a teacher"...I feel as if I am "breaking the waves" as the song implies, and all I can say is "I keep trying and trying"...There is still a stigma on people with labels (e.g., Asperger's with concomitant issues like bi-polar, OCD, ADD)...It's difficult enough to land a job, let alone when you are ostracized or at least you perceive that you are...If I were to delineate those "issues" I would be a no hire...Yet, my FBI background and state background checks clear time and time again...I digress, as this is a music review, but Breaker resonates so much with my current situation...I cannot wait until the full album release! Thanks Bradford for not making me feel completely alone and knowing that "I have tried, to break the waves and stem the tide over and over again..." Maybe the next try will be a success?

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