13 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A simultaneous release alongside Deerhunter’s brilliant Microcastle, Weird Era Cont., like its partner disc, offers more moments of pop brilliance than artful meandering. Far from being an afterthought collection of outtakes, the songs here continue pushing into pop territory while retaining the Bradford Cox/Atlas Sound affection for ambient textures and atmospherics. Weird Era reminds us that all is not rainbows and unicorns in the land of Deerhunter, even when they frolic in ‘60s pop sunshine. Sure, “Vox Humana” is what the Shangri-Las might sound like produced by Cox in the new millennium, and “Backspace Century” and “VHS Dream” offer crystalline guitars that glisten through the fog; but the spastic, dance-punk guitar strumming of “Operation” gives way to gloomy keys and lyrics (“I hate you, I hate you, I hate you”) and the resolutely beautiful “Dot Gain” and brash My Bloody Valentine paean “Vox Celeste” are just too narcoticized to feel good in a healthy way. On the brighter side “Focus Group” is bewitching in its comparable nakedness, “Moon With Cartridge” is mostly light-hearted, hand-clapping fun, and the epic version of “Calvary Scars II / Aux. Out” (a version of “Calvary Scars” is on Microcastle) is massively, thunderously satisfying.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A simultaneous release alongside Deerhunter’s brilliant Microcastle, Weird Era Cont., like its partner disc, offers more moments of pop brilliance than artful meandering. Far from being an afterthought collection of outtakes, the songs here continue pushing into pop territory while retaining the Bradford Cox/Atlas Sound affection for ambient textures and atmospherics. Weird Era reminds us that all is not rainbows and unicorns in the land of Deerhunter, even when they frolic in ‘60s pop sunshine. Sure, “Vox Humana” is what the Shangri-Las might sound like produced by Cox in the new millennium, and “Backspace Century” and “VHS Dream” offer crystalline guitars that glisten through the fog; but the spastic, dance-punk guitar strumming of “Operation” gives way to gloomy keys and lyrics (“I hate you, I hate you, I hate you”) and the resolutely beautiful “Dot Gain” and brash My Bloody Valentine paean “Vox Celeste” are just too narcoticized to feel good in a healthy way. On the brighter side “Focus Group” is bewitching in its comparable nakedness, “Moon With Cartridge” is mostly light-hearted, hand-clapping fun, and the epic version of “Calvary Scars II / Aux. Out” (a version of “Calvary Scars” is on Microcastle) is massively, thunderously satisfying.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

M. Gi ,

Microcastle's Other Half

It's about time this showed up on iTunes! Weird Era Cont. is considered a "bonus" disc for the hard copy of Microcastle album, but many people, including myself consider it side two to Microcastle's side one. This is a must for anyone who owns Microcastle, though if you already own Microcastle, I probably don't have to say that. This disc really completes the Microcastle album. It is a necessity. I love it... It would be a perfect album in it's own right.

Petermusicfreak ,

Deerhunter you are a delight.

Another great Dearhunter album. This takes the sounds of Cyrptograms and mixes it with Microcastle. That was probably not intential but the result is some of Deerhunters best material. This album has some of the fresh sound on Cryptograms but it is a little bit more excessable. Buy it!!!

K$17 ,

Deerhunter's Apex Ramshackle Rock

If Microcastle was Bradford Cox's interpretation of a real album's album replete with a bevy of crisp, spacious production values and dynamic and nuanced songwriting, then Weird Era Cont. is the logical dismantling of the carefully constructed sonic universe afforded by the first album. It's just as dynamic, even moreso than the glacial pace of its brother album, and features some of the best iterations of rock music- from shoegaze (Vox Celeste) to noise rock (Operation) and seemingly every nuance in between.

Often times, the veritable sister album that accompanies a double-release tends to get overlooked sheerly on principal, and I have the sickening feeling that Weird Era is an unfortunate byproduct of such offhanded listener-laziness. Its gauze-y fuzz-gloss, handclapping, theremin witchiness (Moon Witch Cartridge) and blissful indulgence into a band that was seemingly in stride with a prolific songwriter in Bradford Cox, churning out consecutively classic records within a 3 year span..the whole thing is such a massive joy to behold.

Enveloped in the suburban maw of slides and swingsets, fall leaves gracing their expired majesty at the foot of this teenage miscreant who deserved nothing of the sort but still wallowed in the id-lathered midnight walks of October set upon a Weird Era that would continue for the rest of his life, may there always be continuation in your music discoveries, Itunes-trawling curios.

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