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Halcyon Digest [VINYL] [Import]

Deerhunter Vinyl
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Deerhunter is an American four-piece indie rock group originating from Atlanta, Georgia. The band, consisting of Bradford Cox, Moses Archuleta, Josh Fauver, and Lockett Pundt, have described themselves as "ambient punk," though they incorporate a wide range of genres, including noise rock, art rock, shoegaze, and post-punk, as well significant pop elements.
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  • Vinyl (27 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 4AD
  • ASIN: B003XX2PCW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,690 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Earthquake
2. Don't Cry
3. Revival
4. Sailing
5. Memory Boy
6. Desire Lines
7. Basement Scene
8. Helicopter
9. Fountain Stairs
10. Coronado
11. He Would Have Laughed

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The law of diminishing returns should by all rights apply to Atlanta, Georgia’s Deerhunter. Halcyon Digest is their fourth LP since 2005. In addition to those albums proper, they’ve released two EPs, frontman Bradford Cox and guitarist Lockett Pundt have released solo albums (Cox has even found time for two), and 2008’s Microcastle was repackaged with an extra full length album, Weird Era Cont. And that’s not quite all, as several unofficial tracks and mixes have been released onto the ‘net via the band’s own blog.

Churning out that much music with machine-like regularity should result in a dip in quality. Yet it hasn’t appeared. Instead, Deerhunter have continued to evolve and they’ve done it without losing their innovative, defiant spirit or knack for crafting swirling guitar pop epics and reverb drenched soundscapes. Curiously, Deerhunter’s forward-looking evolution is fuelled largely by nostalgia, one seeped in childhood memories and the joys of discovering music prior to the push a button, out it pops gratification of the MP3 era.

Halcyon Digest is no exception to this oxymoronic rule. Inspired in part by old DIY band flyers and early 80s art-rock acts, the album is another step away from the ambient punk and noise rock tags that followed the band in the wake of their early LPs. The propulsive kosmische beats and noisy tics that first brought Deerhunter to the attention of an international cadre of music bloggers are now completely gone. Don’t Cry still carries the guitar fuzz of past work but it’s the echoing, empty terrains explored on Sailing and Cox’s aching croon on Basement Scene – a swaying ode to the perpetually fading idealism of DIY music scenes – that captures the wistful tone of Halcyon Digest.

Not that this makes Halcyon Digest an exercise in navel gazing. The Pundt-penned Desire Lines offers up an anthemic burst of chiming guitars and soaring vocals. It’s one of the album’s highlights and a reminder that the quiet guitarist’s talents are perhaps every bit the equal of the more boisterous Cox. He Would Have Laughed, an emotive tribute to Jay Reatard, is a glorious, seven-minute closer that holds its head high as Cox ruminates over the death of the young garage-rocker against a wall of looping beats and guitars.

Throughout all this, though, lies a sense of warm experimentation that should feel familiar to fans of Deerhunter’s unique brand of ambience-loving indie-rock. Halcyon Digest is simply another solid entry in the discography of a mighty band. A band whose accomplishments to date have, in the larger scheme of things, already made that question about diminishing returns completely irrelevant.

--Charles Ubaghs

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deerhunter - Halcyon days and idyllic tunes 30 Sep 2010
By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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5.0 out of 5 stars My Album of the year! 30 Sep 2010
By Ddarko
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless 17 Oct 2010
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Scarlett Johansson, Insomnia & Tokyo 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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Arrived much quicker than I thought it would, and at a great price too. Record was in perfect condition, one of the best LPs I've purchased! :)
Published 7 months ago by emily
4.0 out of 5 stars Soooooo coool
Found it a bit different from what I'm used to listening, but on repeated play, it is one of Deerhunter's better efforts. Highly recommend this album.
Published on 3 July 2011 by Cintamuzika
5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite release of 2010
I had to be in the right mood for Deerhunter's previous album (microcastle etc), but this is a fantastic album that sustains its overall woozy, hypnotic feeling throughout. Read more
Published on 25 May 2011 by MC Marky Mark
2.0 out of 5 stars humdrum
Really could not see what all the fuss was about and cannot see how or why this was linked with music I do actually like and highly recommended. Read more
Published on 26 Dec 2010 by Edward Daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine deal
Record came fast. Everything went fine. The only thing I had preferred to know before is the fact that the album was in white vinyl and not in black vinyl. I was not aware of that. Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2010 by maximiliaan palfenier
4.0 out of 5 stars Their best yet
I first came across this band with Microcastles which was OK but promised so much more and because of this it ended up being frustatingly dissapointing. Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2010 by Mr. S. Williamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes Time To Digest
With talismanic frontman Bradford Cox at the helm, the current Deerhunter line up is well travelled, well read and fast becoming seasoned thanks to their prolificacy, if not their... Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2010 by Gannon
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