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KRUI Track of the Week = Deerhunter’s “Helicopter”

September 28, 2010

Tying together decades of sound and a variety of genres, which would normally be unassociated, Deerhunter has created their most accessible album to date. Removed from this album are the tone setting, ambient tracks, that dominated such albums as Cryptograms, Microcastle, and Weird Era Cont. Halcyon Digest creates a tighter, more focused aesthetic; one would be hard pressed to find a “filler” track in this collection. However, that is not to say ambience has evaded this album altogether. Instead these elements are found in the background layers of such standouts as “earthquake”, “helicopter”, and “sailing”. With this in mind, “revival” and to a lesser extent “desire lines” become the frame tales for the rest of the album. Combining a vocal sequence, clearly inspired by The Beatles’ “come together”, with pop-percussion picked straight from the 60’s, “revival” expands upon the reflective sounds of Microcastle, while shifting the focus away from the ambient-garde style leanings of Cryptograms. “Desire lines” works in a similar way, juxtaposing the band’s shoe-gaze, garage band affections with the vocals and structure of a 60’s pop song. If Halcyon Digest isn’t Deerhunter’s best album (and this reviewer thinks it is), it is at the least, their most consistent, and certainly a contender for 2010’s “best of” list. Halcyon Digest is set to release on 9/28/10.

Emphasis Tracks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8

Deerhunter / 4AD Records

By Terry Q

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