Published: October 22nd, 2015
Deerhunter is six albums and an EP into their career. I am happy to report that this veritable indie rock band still sounds hungry and young. Dreamy fuzz guitars swirl amongst funky synth grooves creating a shoegazey dream pop sound for this veritable indie rock band. These new sounds come after 2013’s Monomania, which had a heavier, garage rock feel on the record as a whole. Also, it’s the band’s first work since lead singer Bradford Cox’s sever car accident in 2014.
The opening track All the Same starts off with one continuous note from a synth; then a blissful organ with intertwining guitars and a groovy little rhythm section fills out the overall tone of the album. “My home, anywhere/ Expect no comforts/ save for air/ Take it anyway/ I could leave or I could stay/ Wouldn’t matter much to me.” On Fading Frontier, this is a band that seems to have reached a sense of maturation, an acceptance and positive outlook on their future. Living My Life develops a dancey bass riff intertwining with shimmering, frizzy keyboards and guitars. Breaker continues in the dreamy vein of the album with a guitar riff reminiscent of Mac Demarco’s entire career. Ad Astra, the only song on the album written by guitarist Lockett Pundt instead of Cox, is the albums trippiest soundscape. A mix of droning guitar sound and wistful keyboards and vocals play with the song, where it ends with what seems to be an old country folk song blaring from an AM radio. Art rock at it’s finest.
Deerhunter proves on Fading Frontier that not only do they have something to say, but there are new exciting ways in which this band can express it. That same prevailing sense of sadness that encompasses their entire career, never truly makes them a redundant band. With a critical legacy and a bright future ahead of them, Deerhunter is poised to take the indie rock laurels of this decade.