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The new Deerhunter album is the gift that keeps on giving. “Living My Life” is the third video the band has released off of Fading Frontier, joining “Snakeskin” and “Breaker”.
Everything I’ve heard from the upcoming Deerhunter album has been fantastic. They seem to be retreating a bit from the 8-track roughness present on Monomania and the result reminds me of a mix of the bedroom experimentation of frontman Bradford Cox’s Atlas Sound solo project and grayscale indie sheen of guitarist Lockett Pundt’s Lotus Plaza. There’s still a weirdness to these songs though, even if I can’t quite put my finger on where it’s coming from. Coming from somebody who revisits Cryptograms more often than Halcyon Digest, that’s meant as a compliment. In the woozy video for “Breaker” above, you can watch Cox and Pundt share vocals on a track I feel comfortable in describing as damn near poppy.
Deerhunter just announced a new album, Fading Frontier, that’ll be out 10/16 on 4AD. I don’t think I need to tell you how excited this makes me. Along with the usual Deerhunter awesomeness, this one features contributions from Broadcast’s James Cargill and Stereolab’s Tim Gane.
The first single from Fading Frontier is “Snakeskin”, which builds on the back of a skittery, damn near danceable rhythm. The chord progressions and outro are still noticeably Deerhunter, though, and now the countdown to October officially begins.
The dingus at Ariel Pink’s PR company says this song is safe for air play, which is to say they never actually listened to the album. Keep up the great work!
I’ve seen Merchandise play live twice, once in a dingy club where they blew tourmates Milk Music off the stage and would’ve stolen the entire show if it weren’t for those pesky noiseniks in Destruction Unit, and again when I randomly stumbled into them playing around noontime in a Barcelona city park. As demonstrated in the video above, the band seem to spend their upcoming album splitting the difference between those two performances, one part sunshine and one part grey, as they follow their muse down a Cure-esque rabbit hole. After the End is out August 25th on 4AD.