Since their inception, Georgia’s Deerhunter has made the kind of music that’s left many people to scratch their heads. Sometimes that can be a daunting thing, when you’re beloved by hipsters but not understood by the mainstream. Of course, with their latest release Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?, they’ve taken those odd points and added pop touches to craft a sound that’s easy to follow without sounding like it was crafted by a team of industry leaders.
There’s something possibly to recording in multiple spaces with multiple producers. With Cate Le Bon at the helm for much of this album, it feels like the band is finally embracing what sense of the mainstream they could inhabit. The opener “Death in Midsummer” feels like it’s asking if it’s okay for them to go this route, and it works. With “No One’s Sleeping” the band’s avant-noise sound hops on and off, creating a pop infused sound that’s catchy without being too contrived.
In fact, that’s what the album essentially is, one band’s foray into a more balanced and pop fueled world where you actually write hooks to hold the listener’s attention while gaining new fans in the process. The Baroque and almost neoclassicism sounds that embody the release shouldn’t work but they do. If Deerhunter is trying to grow as a band, it’s definitely working. Songs like “Element” and “Futurism” have just enough of a mixture of pop and elemental instrumentation to help the band crossover to a bigger audience without losing their indie cred in the process.
You can stream Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? on all streaming platforms, you can purchase it in all digital shops or directly from 4AD Records on multiple formats. Deerhunter is set to be on tour tonight in Tokyo, Japan at O-east until July 06 at Springfest 2019 in Yellow Springs, OH. A complete list of their upcoming tour dates can be found here.
Image Credits: Photo Courtesy of 4AD.