Monday, October 03, 2011

Suburban Psychedelic Pastoral

Finally, I'm spotlighting Deerhunter, an Atlanta-based quartet that's hard to categorize; its brooding, dreamy, melodies and poetic lyrics fuse elements of pop, art rock, shoegaze, and post-punk.
Deerhunter has delivered five great albums in ten years, and their latest, 'Halcyon Digest,' has warmed my heart over the past year or so. But what song to include - each is so different, and they all seem too short or too long. I settled on the slowly swaying suburban psychedelia of 'Helicopter,' which happens to be the single anyway, and which I hope you enjoy as todays' Song of the Week.

Leading Deerhunter is Bradford Cox, an outsider's outsider born with Marfan's Syndrome, a connective tissue ailment that left him unusually tall, with a long thin stretched face, arms, and limbs. A friendless teen, Cox was drawn to how music can sound 'heartbreaking or nostalgic or melancholy.' Cox founded Deerhunter with drummer/keyboardist Moses Archuleta, then a transient sleeping on Cox's friends' doorstep. I also like Cox's side project, Atlas Sound... Cox had identified as gay, but lately says he's non-sexual.. I hope this is just a phase...

Watch Deerhunter's awesome video clip for 'Helicopter:'

Lovely and all too short, sweet and jaunty beyond words is 'Revival' - fan clip is terrific!

From 2007's lovely 'Crytograms' album, check out 'Strange Lights'...

Even earlier, from 2005, the very ambient but kinetic 'Oceans'

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