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Halcyon Digest

27 Sept. 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 27 Sept. 2010
  • Label: 4AD
  • Copyright: 2010 4AD Ltd
  • Total Length: 45:58
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  • ASIN: B00442F3ZW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,503 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Last years Atlas Sound album "Logos" from the Bradford Cox inspired side project was a wicked delight and therefore it is a pleasure to report that his primary source of music making namely the band "Deerhunter" originating out Atlanta, Georgia have come out firing on all cylinders on this brilliant fourth album. That said a slight problem may be in store for those of you still deeply smitten by the 2008 double album and wall of guitar noise beast "Microcastle", since this is altogether a very different proposition. Praise or blame for this must be partly apportioned to the presence of Ben Allen at the mixing desk, this is the man who after all conjured up the sonic alchemy in terms of Animal Collective's 2009 genre defining masterpiece "Merriweather post pavilion".

Check out the watery and sweet "Helicopter" on Halycon Digest and try not to note the presence of otherworldly elements which Avey Tare, Panda Bear and co teased to the forefront on Merriweather (and for good measure also seek out one of the plethora of mixes of this song on the net not least the joyous Star Slinger mash up every bit the darker cousin of Passion Pit's "Sleepyhead"). Truly, truly wonderful stuff in both guises. Then you have the latest single "Revival" a mix of Brian Wilson like "Smile" induced psychedelia and 70's glam rock. This deserves to a chart smash and of course pigs will fly. The six minute plus "Desire lines" alternatively suggests that the Cox might have had an advance copy of the Arcade Fire's "Suburbs" and is full of minor baroque and theatrical flourishes leading up to a storming conclusion which has become the Montreal minstrels signature sound.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ddarko on 30 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I discovered Deerhunter through their excellent third album "Microcastle" in 2008, their first album released by 4AD. Now, with "Halcyon Digest", their "ambient punk" sound has progressed to a kind of a dreamy lo-fi "psychedelic 60s" popsound. The production is lush and clearly showing a more accessible band, with great melodic songs. The songs "Revival", "Helicopter", "Coronado" and "Memory Boy" show exactly that. "Desire Lines" and "Fountain Stairs", with their beautiful wall of sound effect, are two other favorite tracks from this amazing album. And last but not least, remember to check out the great Atlas Sound album "Logos", released last year. Atlas Sound is the hobbyband-project to Deerhunter frontman Brad Cox.
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I flogged this when it came out, loved it. Then I put it away. However having a bit of an obsessive personality, 'Desire Lines' came into my head last week and kept going around, I thought the best way to exorcise it was to listen to the album. And god, what an album it is. I had heard their earlier efforts, and thought they were good, but every now and again a band or artist just seems to put out something that you think 'where did that come from', every thing just falls into place and they just blast off.
From the dreamy opener 'Earthquake', which is like listening to a beautiful painting, to the down and dirty 'Coronado', with its snakey sax, 'Halcion Digest' takes you on a trip from the 50's to the 90's, the poignant 'Helocoptor' tugs at the heart strings, while 'Memory Boy', looks back to long gone adolescent memories. But the clincher for me is still 'Desire Lines', seven or so minutes of pure bliss, From the sparkling sunny chorus, to that epic duelling guitar passage that takes it out, You just close your eyes and go with it, it takes you to a good place. This is one of those rare albums that doesn't have a dud on it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Odelay In Space on 17 Oct. 2010
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Currently the front runner for my favourite album of 2010 which considering how many great albums have been released this year says a lot. The guitar playing has a comforting and timelessly familiar quality that you think you'd only hear from classic songs from yesteryear.

'Don't Cry' starts with the lead singer's voice sounding all wibbly and glam like the start of some old Marc Bolan/T-Rex song.

'Revival' has a cathartic release at the point when the lyrics declare 'Darkness, it doesn't make much sense', listening to the squashed lo-fi vocals you'll hopefully glean some of the chills I've felt on listening.

'Desire Lines' is the centrepiece with a earworm of a chorus both subtle and powerful, followed by a lengthy outro that leaves you hanging until you can replay it all again.

'Coronado' is a sleek anthemic song with squawking sax and burns brightly as the penultimate track of a very well made album.

The final song is a dedication to Jay Reatard and for me reaches its emotional highpoint when the heavy surge of languorous guitar swathes in towards the end, offering a huge bout of weighty nostalgia and a shared feeling as it suddenly ends that music has the power to take us far away from our demons.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. H Chinaski on 1 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Bradford Cox is a man who has spent a long time playing the part of indie-darling. Critics and fans alike have rushed to praise his musical expeditions with both Deerhunter and the off-shot band Atlas Sound. One critisism I've constantly seen directed at him however is that he has yet to create that one truly great peice of work that will forever define his legacy, his 'Sgt. Pepper' so to speak (I don't concur with this consensus though, I thought the last Deerhunter record 'Microcastle/Weird Era Cont.' was a remarkable peice of work). I fear this album will sadly fall to the same fate. It is another great body of work but I think some will struggle to see past its slightly primitive exterior in order to witness its beautiful centre.

I came to this record expecting to hear something altogether different from its predecessor, early reviews talked of a 'stripped down' sound and a wider array of instruments used to complement the arrangements. To me, it sounded just like another Deerhunter record (albeit a slightly evolved one). The slightly off-kilter Beatles-esque pop songs remained, the C86-era sound pallette was still in evidence and Cox's voice still possesed a slight Stephen Malkmus like slacker drawl. So far, so Deerhunter. But one ingredient had added just a little spice, that being the production skills of Ben H. Allen. Last year Allen lent his vast skills to produce the Animal Collective's magnum opus (thus far!) 'Merriweather Post Pavilion', and 'Halcyon Digest' shares many a similarity with that monumental release. Both albums seem to have water cursing through their musical veins, obscuring the sound ever so slightly and putting the overall musical vision just out of reach.
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