“Solo projects have a tendency to be an escape route for songs that don’t quite fit the mould of the performer’s main ensemble; it’s a tradition Bradford Cox, singer in Atlanta four piece Deerhunter has stuck with on this, his second solo offering.
The kind of lively, vibrant, leftfield guitar-led indie pop his vocals usually grace is waved away, with him instead embracing a more subdued, reflective manner. It is a move that has resulted in an album that has an almost ghostly spirit running through its core. Very much like Sparklehorse’s ‘Good Morning Spider’ it bines fragile haunting vocals to a minimal psych-folk backing that is susceptible to the occasional M83 shoegazer-ish electronic flourish to keep it texturally rich. Peculiar, often surreal and otherworldly, it is an album to enjoy