The first time I ever heard Deerhunter was when they opened for Yeah Yeah Yeahs at War Memorial back in 2006. The only thing I remember is that it was the loudest show I've ever been to. Two albums, two EPs and four years later, the ever-evolving Atlanta four-piece will be back in Nashville promoting their new album Halcyon Digest, which is out Sept. 28 via 4AD. They will be performing at Exit/In Nov. 10 with Deakin of Animal Collective and Casino Versus Japan.
Today, the band released a video for the song "Helicopter," which you can watch above. As it's been said before, the song has the whole dreamy, psychedelic space-pop blah blah blah thing going for it. But to me, the song has a weird '90s R&B undertone to it. Don't ask me why, I'm still trying to figure it out myself. And I don't mean that in an ironic way either — the song kicks ass.
If you aren't familiar with Deerhunter's catalogue, there's plenty of material to dive into. Their sophomore LP, Cryptograms, is an introspective ambient-punk ode to teenage frustration and longing.Microcastle, the next full length, stripped the layer of lo-fi reverb they were so well known for and traded it in for excellent hook-packed pop songs.
Deerhunter fans are some of the luckiest out there because of the group's high musical output. At least three of the four members are involved in other side projects, all of which are different musically from their day jobs but still accessible if you're into Deerhunter. If you've got a few spare hours and you're really interested in delving, lead singer Bradford Cox has posted countless unreleased songs, demos, and mix tapes over at the band's blog.
By the time Nov. 10 comes around, the air will be cold, and summer will be long gone. And while we'll still have albums like Memphis and Crazy for You to remind us of the warm weather and good vibes, Deerhunter's live show and new record will be a refreshing change of pace.