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Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest

It’s seems that every fall I must find an amazing alternative album by a band that I’ve never heard of but it turns out they’ve been around for a while. It looks like this year that band will be Deerhunter and that album will be Halcyon Digest.

It’s been a little while since I listened to an album this icy hot; at times it reminds me the terrific Teen Dream by Beach House and the legendary Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective. That is not to say Halcyon Digest is derivative, just that it is able to tap into that airy, beautiful world that exists just outside of pop.

Like most things in life, Halcyon Digest starts slow, with the chunky sounds of “Earthquake” that evolves into a crushing cacophony that sweeps you away into the land of Deerhunter for the next 10 tracks. I think the standout track for me is “Helicopter,” a dreamy, sad song that always grabs me when it comes on.

What really makes Halcyon Digest stand out is that it all seems so laid back. I haven’t seen Deerhunter play, but this album feels effortless, like these sounds just flew out of them. Or perhaps they flew out of us.

Seriously though, this shit is hotter than the Donkey Kong Country soundtrack.

Favorite Tracks: “Memory Boy,” “Desire Lines,” “Helicopter”