Indie-Rock Vets Deerhunter Break New Ground on 'Fading Frontier': Album Review

Deerhunter
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Over the course of five albums and multiple side projects, Deerhunter has unassumingly established itself as one of the most reliably great rock bands of the past decade. Ten years into that prolific career, the Atlanta quartet has produced its most accessible, consistent and possibly best work yet with sixth full-length Fading Frontier. Setting aside the distortion and aggression of 2013’s Monomania, the group focuses its keen pop songwriting sensibilities on concise, memorable tunes that are gently blunted by a soft-focus psychedelic approach, reminiscent of Soft Bulletin-era Flaming Lips. The band roughs things up a bit along the way (the vaguely funky “Snakeskin”) and for the first time incorporates the lead vocals of guitarist Lockett Pundt alongside frontman Bradford Cox. In some ways, the lysergic “Breaker” and moody opener “All the Same” mark a return to the dreampop of 2010’s fan favorite Halcyon Digest, but Deerhunter isn’t repeating itself: This creatively restless group doesn’t stand still for long.

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This article originally appeared in the Oct. 24 issue of Billboard.