DEERHUNTER Return with Fading FrontierAlbum to be released October 16th
Watch ‘Snakeskin’ video below
Deerhunter photographed by Ryan Stang
[Clockwise from bottom left – Bradford Cox, Moses Archuleta, Josh McKay, Lockett Pundt]
Fading Frontier is the seventh studio album by Deerhunter, set for release onOctober 16, 2015 on 4AD.
The record was made by founding members Bradford Cox, Lockett Pundt and Moses Archuleta, and bassist Josh McKay. Written in their hometown of Atlanta, GA, production duties were shared by the band and Ben H. Allen III, continuing a collaboration that began with 2010’s Halycon Digest.
Following the death-rattle garage catharsis of 2013’s Monomania, the group has shifted towards something strikingly balanced, focused on melody and texture. The songs are brighter; if not in content, then in the album’s production. Starkness plays against clutter in what is the band’s most complex yet accessible work to date.
Cox and Pundt share lead vocal duties (a first for the band) on the enthralling ‘Breaker’, while the darker ‘Take Care’ (featuring Broadcast’s James Cargill on synthesisers and tape manipulation) and ‘Leather and Wood’ – a strange hybrid of J.G. Ballard’s dystopian grey-skied science fiction and the most spartan Motown downer imaginable – paint a varied spectral landscape. Elsewhere, the likes of ‘Snakeskin’ showcase a sinister flirtation with minimalist funk, whilst Pundt makes a typically masterful statement with the synth-diffused ‘Ad Astra’, which culminates in one of the album’s most transcendental moments.
Fading Frontier shows that, a decade in, Deerhunter has lost none of its intensity. As the group matures so they have grown into the most consistent purveyors of art-rock of their generation.
Premiered on Sunday evening during a two-hour radio show presented by Cox on Atlanta’s AM 1690, you can view the video to ‘Snakeskin’ (directed by Valentina Tapia) here or via the player below, with the track also available to download and stream from today.
Directed by Valentina Tapia
Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
1. All The Same
2. Living My Life
4. Duplex Planet (ft. Tim Gane of Stereolab on Electronic Harpsichord)
5. Take Care (ft. James Cargill of Broadcast on Synthesisers and Tapes)
6. Leather And Wood
7. Snakeskin (ft. Zumi Rosow on Treated Alto Saxophone)
8. Ad Astra
Deerhunter will tour throughout the tail-end of the year, with appearances at the following:
October 29 – PARIS, Pitchfork Festival [TICKETS]
October 30 – BRIGHTON, All Saints Church [TICKETS]
October 31 – LIVERPOOL, Liverpool Music Week [TICKETS]
November 01 – DUBLIN Button Factory [TICKETS]
November 03 – GLASGOW, SWG3 [TICKETS]
November 04 – LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club [TICKETS]
November 06 – MANCHESTER, Gorilla [TICKETS]
November 07 – LONDON, Shepherds Bush Empire [TICKETS]
November 09 – TOURCOING, La Grand Mix [TICKETS]
November 10 – REIMS, La Cartonerrie [TICKETS]
November 11 – NIMES, Paloma [TICKETS]
November 12 – MILAN, Magnolia [TICKETS]
November 13 – BOLOGNA, Bronson [TICKETS]
November 14 – GENEVA, L’usine [TICKETS]
November 15 – ZURICH, Rote Fabrik [TICKETS]
November 16 – HEIDELBERG, Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof [TICKETS]
November 18 – BERLIN, Lido [TICKETS]
November 19 – COPENHAGEN, Vega [TICKETS]
November 21 – BRUSSELS, Botanique Orangerie [TICKETS]
November 22 – UTRECHT, Le Guess Who Festival [TICKETS]