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Friday, January 26, 2007

cryptograms



Deerhunter's Cryptograms (out Jan. 29 on Kranky) is a classic "study in duality," due mostly to the fact that it's divided into two distinctly opposing parts. The record's first half is notably more experimental, droning, and less focused, the product of some turmoil that the band was experiencing at the time, including the death of a band member.

The best song on the album, "Spring Hall Convert" marks the beginning of the album's stellar second half, which the band calls "...a set of focused psych-pop songs fixating on adolescence, illness, and failing connections..." Deerhunter admits that the album's second half "represents the band in an entirely different state," and the result is beautiful:

Deerhunter Spring Hall Convert mp3

Here's the video for the first single, and perhaps the most accessible track from Cryptograms, "Strange Lights":



Check out the band's myspace page for hilarious "actual testimony" from people who can't stand Deerhunter, then buy Cryptograms here.

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24 comments:

Blogger Zine-O-Phonic said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I really dig this stuff.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Joseph Kyle said...

i posted an interview w/bradford on my site yesterday. really great band!

9:54 AM  
Blogger matt said...

this band stole their name from another band named deerhunter which i guess isn't around anymore. and i saw them live when they played with the yeah yeah yeah's, they totally blew. i don't see what the big deal is.

10:41 AM  
Anonymous dave said...

matt you are a fucktard. this is the same band that opened up for the yeah yeah yeah's.

10:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fucktard cracks me up every time. i need to add that to my daily vocab.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Zak said...

That Deerhunter is a fantastic record and I've listened to it more than anything this year save Panda Bear or Deerhoof. I love those quotes on their page, I guess people don't get it or whatever. Polarizing band like Liars, maybe?

My favorite song is the title track where that krautrock groove meets the psyche-noise. I already want to hear more from these guys.

The album got an early release on eMusic as well.

11:33 AM  
Blogger Joseph Kyle said...

is it just me or does this song have a weird Pixies vibe goin' on in it?

11:51 AM  
Anonymous dave said...

i can hear the pixies vibe. especially when they would get a little weird or repetitive, like at the end of "the happening" off bossa nova.

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Andy said...

There was no question for me... great album.

3:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait, so did you write this blog post? Cuz it's pretty much exactly the press release. Ballin'.

5:54 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

some of it's from the press release, thus the qualifers "the band says..." and the use of quotation marks. good job though guy.

8:42 PM  
Blogger Rich said...

Seen these guys live several times here in ATL (their hometown) and have never enjoyed them. However, I've never heard them play anything even close to a psych-pop song. I'll be interested in listening to the album at some point, but it's not a priority. I'm not enthused about it.

11:02 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Does this mean that Deer is the new Wolf?

I can't wait for Deer Parade, Deermother, We Are Deer and AIDSDeer.

6:09 PM  
Blogger Rich said...

I thought Horses were the new Wolves? Maybe Deer are the new Horses?

7:50 PM  
Blogger Tommy said...

Jesus - Why does everyone like Deerhunter. Saw them open up for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs - one of the more unbearable concert experiences I've sat through. I see the lead singer at shows all the time in ATL. Really wanna kick him in the nuts. Maybe next time, I shall

1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please note "tommy" also lists his favorite music as tori amos sufjan stevens and his favorite book as the bible. his hero is god. and he wants to go around kicking strangers in the nuts. yo, tommy: did the deerhunter guy ever actually do anything to you personally or do american christians just punish musicians they don't like with the threat of physical violence? oh yeah, and how's the war on terror going over there?

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've never seen a band get a harsher reaction for doing nothing but playing music. good or bad. and to be judged based on their looks by people who probably have not and will not ever hear their music? man. it's good to live in the era of indie morality. while you are at it why don't you attack tv on the radio's singer for being black or grizzly bear's for being gay. you people sicken me.

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i should add that in the previous comment i was referring to things i've been reading on a lot of different blogs, about how skinny the singer is. i'm all kinds of pissed off about this right now. The funny thing is I'm not even into this kind of music.

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