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|2. Don't Cry|
|5. Memory Boy|
|6. Desire Lines|
|7. Basement Scene|
|9. Fountain Stairs|
|11. He Would Have Laughed|
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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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 14 months ago by emily
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
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 morePublished on 25 May 2011 by MC Marky Mark
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 morePublished on 26 Dec. 2010 by Edward Daniels
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 morePublished on 1 Dec. 2010 by maximiliaan palfenier
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 morePublished on 21 Oct. 2010 by Amazon Customer