Dirty fuzz is back. The new Deerhunter album Monomania is a more straight-up, straight-forward affair then recent outings. It sounds less studio slick and more real. It’s streaming in full (above) right now courtesy of NPR Music. Right from the opening song "Leather Jacket II," you can hear the loud and disjointed sounds colliding together in the most magnificent ways. Vocals have a tinge of distortion to them, the guitars have a little more angst, a little less smooth.
Deerhunter were on Jimmy Fallon last week, and at the end of the song, singer Bradford Cox walked off the stage to the elevator and exited the building, with the camera following all the way. The moment seemed to have a quality of unease and unexpectedness to it, like this was off script. In essence, this is exactly what listening to Monomania sounds and feels like.
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