SOUNDTRACK: DEERHUNTER-Microcastle/Weird Era Continued (2008).
Somehow, I can never remmeber what this disc is going to sound like when I pop it in. Once it gets going the songs are all familiar and very good, its just that initial listen, where I forget that the band is rather delicate and poppy. I tend to forget this because well, the bands name doesn’t sound delicate, and the album artwork has skulls all over it. So, to put it on and hear pleasant keyboard songs is alwaya bit of a surprise.
The guitarsd are jangly and have an almost 60s folk rock sound and yet the drums are very electronic (I presume its a drum machine) and the vocals stick out as rather unlike the 60s style. There is also a wonderfully low budget/hazy quality that pervades the disc. It sort of envelopes the disc in a layer of cotton keeping the sound consistent and sometimes narcoleptic.
And yet despite that sort of sleepy feel, the catchciness of the songs shines through.
The last few songs of Microcastle especially provide a really strong set of songs. And they lead into Weird Era very nicely. For although it is clearly the same band, Weird Era is a very different disc.
It is a far more rocking/noisy affair. And although there area number of very short instrumental pieces, for the most part, the songs are catchier and a bit more fun. Ideally, mixing the two discs together would provide an overall more well rounded listening experience.
[READ: September 15, 2009] Glister 1-3
This is a strange little series from Andi Watson.
I’ve enjoyed just about everything he’s written/drawn, mostly for his artistic style, but really because of his off-kilter and wholly fascinating sensibilities. So what makes this series so odd is the rather almost-sloppy style he uses for the backgrounds and other characters. Maybe it’s not sloppy so much as “fuzzy” which lend an air of spectralness to this supernatural tale.
The other thing that is odd about the series is that everything suggests that this will be a long running story. The story has a convoluted set up and a weird plot (and Issue #1 even includes an unrelated sub-story). The inside back cover also has all manner of things that suggest we’re in for the long haul: a letter-writing address, a contest to design a teapot, etc. But no, the series ends after three issues. Weird. (more…)