Deerhoof has been around over twenty five years yet their sound has never been close to boring. Weaving through their use of straight rock or experimental sounds has always lead most people to fall for a sound that’s all their own. While it’s been three years since their last album, their latest release Future Teenage Cave Artists shows that they band has no intention of getting boring any time soon.
Sonically, the sixteenth album from the San Francisco has plenty to adore. With its melodic structures and almost symphonic arrangements, the album delivers on all that the band has been known for. The opener “Future Teenage Cave Artists” is rife with instrumentation and creative vocal deliveries. Captured by a laptop microphone, the song as well as the rest of the album feels organically fresh and inventive. That flows throughout the release. Falling between rock riffs and vocal styles on “”Sympathy for the Baby Boo,” the off-kilter experimental sound of “New Orphan Asylum for Spirited Deerchildren,” and even the dark symphonic gestures of “Fraction Anthem” that intertwine with jazz movements with ease. Deerhoof doesn’t have to prove anything, yet here they prove they can perform everything.
While the stark notes that make up the backing sounds of “Reduced Guilt” offer plenty of varied genres intermingling, it’s almost as if the band is just warming up. As “Zazeet” digs its heels into art rock and “I Call on Thee” is a stunning piano track, the best song of the eleven comes from “Damaged Eyes Squinting into the Beautiful Overhot Sun.” All that makes the band so revolutionary is here, showcasing how far removed they are from popular music while they steer the ship into something Zappa would be jealous of. The song opens with the piano mixed high with vocals underneath it. The song has this open-ended stride, where stabs of synths and alt-rock guitar make appearances. The piano causes a hypnotic drone while it waits for the other instruments to take hold and the drums meet the vocals to create a cluster of beautiful and emotive tones.
The album is ready to stream on all streaming sites or purchased digitally from all online retailers. It’s also available directly from Joyful Noise Recordings on multiple formats.
Image Credits: Photo by Shervin Lainez.