Deerhunter – Breaker
I’m a big fan of Atlanta rock band Deerhunter. Along with Spoon, they are probably one of the most consistently-excellent rock bands going today.
They have a new album out soon (Fading Frontier, on 4AD), and they’ve released a new single from it, the lovely “Breaker”. I’ve been listening to it pretty much non-stop. It’s the first time that Bradford Cox and Lockett Pundt have ever shared the vocals on a track.
It seems to make lyrical reference to Cox’s serious car accident last year, viewing the accident and its aftermath with the same seemingly-paradoxical zen equanimity and ambitious drive found in Yo La Tengo’s “Ohm” – both songs talk about how “stemming/resisting” life’s “flow/tide” only wastes time, and prevents one from achieving all that they otherwise could.
I’m showing my age here; but something about that melancholy chorus melody weirdly reminds me of America, in wistful “Ventura Highway/Sister Golden Hair” mode. I also get that easy-strolling bassline* stuck in my head something fierce.
I didn’t like the album’s first single, the awkwardly-funky “Snakeskin”, quite as much as “Breaker”; though it’s grown on me a bit:
Deerhunter – Snakeskin
(Two things about that video: the wood floor and the dog make me think that this video is a stealth tribute to some fellow Georgians. And, the percussion that’s meant to sound like a snake rattle there, reminds me of similar percussion in this song, by the Aussie sort-of-analog to those Georgians. IT’S ALL CONNECTED, MAN.)
*No disrespect to current Deerhunter bassist Josh McKay, but I still miss the departed Josh Fauver. That guy brought a certain something to the band they haven’t quite been able to replace, IMO. Fauver’s playing was both supple and meaty, and he had a great stage presence, somehow suggesting both a gently-funky teddy bear, and a menacing dissolute ruffian who would choke up on his guitar neck and clock you with it, should the need arise.
Here’s a few of Fauver’s greatest hits.
How great is it when this turns into the Strokes – or the Cars – at the end?:
Deerhunter – Nothing Ever Happened
A soundtrack for your next manic breakdown:
Maybe just as manic, but all smeary and gorgeous:
Speaking of Joy Division, I thought this twangy/folky cover was all kinds of surprisingly-nice.