Review: Brandon Cox's post-millennial dreampop troubadours have always rendered themselves peerless in the sphere of effects-pedal-laden euphoria, yet 'Fading Frontier' marks unchartered territory for the band, not to mention possibly their most accessible record to date. Arriving in the wake of some serious personal strife for Cox himself, this collection of sweetly melodious yet otherworldly-hued songs may be the most stripped-back and straightforwardly poppy that he's created, yet his heavy-lidded charm and ear for the ethereal remain unabated, imbuing verses with seductive texture and choruses with radiant hue. Confident and coherent, it's a new horizon for a visionary artist.
Review: The preaching sirens of Deerhunter return, long has everyone been waiting, since the band's Fading Frontier LP of 2015. The group have moved on from the pinky-pop nostalgia they've described as their last album, and moved into and towards a darker and more intensifying feel. The Atlanta group's eighth full-length in total finds itself tripping out on klaviers and chant-like numbers as heard in "Element" and the rickety jingle of album opener "Death In Midsummer". While there's some crooked-eye positivity to be found in the James Dean referencing "Plains", the masterwork of the band's ambient and cinematic scope remains as strong as ever, and alongside Bradford Cox's undeniable haunt, vocal contributions and extra (subtle) hints of subversive nihilism come from Cate Le Bon and White Fence's Tim Presley.