Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Halcyon Digest

Deerhunter recorded their fourth album, effort, Halcyon Digest, over a two week period in the band’s hometown of Athens, GA. Handling mixing duties was Ben Allen, who also worked on Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavillion. I highly recommend you spend some quality time with it. Of all the attractions lined up for this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest, Deerhunter may be the one I'm most looking forward to.

"Deerhunter are one of those rare acts that it is nigh on impossible to second guess - what they record apparently depends greatly on their mood at the time, rather than any great pre-planning. And so it should be no great shock that Halcyon Digest is a world away from the frenetic wall of distorted guitars that defined Microcastle. If this album resembles anything, it is more the Atlas Sound album Logos, recorded by Deerhunter main man Bradford Cox post-Microcastle. Halcyon Digest is noticeably more calm, tuneful and reliant on electronics and acoustics than Microcastle, especially on album closer "He Would Have Laughed", recorded in tribute to Jay Reatard." - Rough Trade

What people are saying:
NME: "For all its occasional lack of bite and drama, 'Halcyon Digest''s tender, transgressive pop proves a fine and focused addition to a uniquely haunting body of work. Cherish it like you would a phantom limb."

The Guardian: "Deerhunter aren't just revivalists, though: in the main this is timeless music, seemingly made with the conviction that loveliness will always be lovely."

Spin: "Like frontman Bradford Cox's solo records as Atlas Sound, Halcyon Digest exists mainly as another iteration of his shifting id, deeply plumbing memories real and imagined with a sound by turns spare and sumptuous."

Pitchfork: "We'll never be able to parse every lyric or tease out every technical intricacy-- though somebody will probably try-- but that is what Halcyon Digest is all about: nostalgia not for an era, not for antiquated technology, but for a feeling of excitement, of connection, of that dumb obsession that makes life worth living no matter how horrible it gets."

Drowned in Sound: "Bradford Cox is not particularly famous, which I sometimes think is a pretty strange thing. I mean if you were absolutely forced to go out and identify a bona fide genius from the current indie generation, you have to admit you wouldn't be on totally shakey ground with the man."