Monday, December 29, 2008

Best Albums of 2008: #2

2. Deerhunter
Microcastle/Weird Era Cont.
Cranky - 10/28/08

Deerhunter is a divisive band: since their debut back in 2004, the Athens experimental noise band has been enrapturing and alienating listeners alike. The pop undertones have always been there, but the spastic noise, not to mention lead singer Bradford Cox's over-the-top behaviour has turned many listeners off. That's why Microcastle comes as such a shock. Although the Flourescent Grey EP hinted towards a change in sound, no one could have expected this kind of monumental change that has transformed Deerhunter into a very relevant and interesting band to watch. Not that they weren't interesting before, but noise definitely has it limits. The sound on this album is much more clear and direct, merging their garage rock sound with psych pop and elements of noise, while still holding onto their shoegaze aesthetics to create some uniquely great, skewed pop music. Highlights include: "Cover Me Slowly," "Little Kids," "Neither Of Us, Uncertainly," and the absolute monster, and my favourite song of 2008 "Nothing Ever Happened." If this album is any indication as to the type of music that Deerhunter is capable of making than the future is bright for this band.

I also thought I would throw a quick shout out to Cox's solo side project, Atlas Sound, which released a really good album in 2008 entitled Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Who Cannot Feel, that just missed my top 20. If you haven't already checked it out, it's definitely worth your time. 2008 was a good year for all things Deerhunter related.

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