For more than a decade, Deerhunter have produced an eclectic mix of indie rock without breaking loose into the mainstream conscience. ‘Fading Frontier’ may change this — as their most commercial effort to date — but this is a record still prone to dark, schizophrenic moments that threaten to derail it all.
For the main it’s a fantastic guitar-driven collection, peaking for me on ‘Breaker’ with its sweet, lilting refrain; but ‘Take Care’ detours toward a dystopian world, where psychedelia and tape manipulation bring about a distortion which ‘Leather and Wood’ then pushes to the extreme. Spectacularly shaking this off, however, lead single ‘Snakeskin’ reminds that, dark lyrics aside, there’s pleasure to be found here.
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