Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
I love Halcyon Digest and how it expands the soundscape of the band from Microcastle, to create a much more refined album. Deerhunter’s latest instalment of progressive Krautrock and cavernous Shoegaze create a fascinating and evocative album. If you aren’t familiar with these genres, just think David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ meets My Bloody Valentine’s ‘Loveless’. I love this because I’m a fan of both Deerhunter’s Microcastle and Atlas Sound’s Logos; Deerhunter adopt a new sound that catered to old fans and enlightened new ones. My favourite songs ‘Basement Scene’ and ‘Desire Lines’ are steeped in a murky atmosphere offering superb darker moments. The whole album finds the band implement a macabre tone to the songs; the entire album sees Cox tackle ideas of mortality, disillusion and mourning, but never feels like an album that dwells too much on the melancholic. Rather, it suggests that life continues and we all must face what has happened in our lives. Which may be a bit deep for most pop fans, but the album is as rewarding as it is sombre. A strong contender for album of the year and a must have for anyone who is a fan of Deerhunter or Atlas Sound.