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Microcastle by Deerhunter
Released: Aug 2008
Label: Kranky
A busy year for frontman Bradford Cox, 2008 included the release of his debut album with Atlas Sound, followed by this third LP from Deerhunter. The tiring schedule may be just what the eccentric Cox needed; Microcastle is steady, condensed and more fluid than either of his band's previous releases. Cox's stoney, distant chants resonate as if they were coming deep from within a cave, while squalls of pulsating fuzz trade off spotlight time with dreamy, ambient echoes. Think hazy shades of My Bloody Valentine being filtered through a tender Velvet Underground melody.
Stephanie Benson