Monday, February 05, 2007

Deerhunter - Cryptograms

A concept record that actually lives beyond its ideas and theories. Divided in two parts, the first one is the nightmare side, or the representation of evil: intense songs constructed around distorted guitars, creepy atmospheres and scary thoughts. The second part is its antagonic twin brother, or the good dream: more melodic and open, with spacious ambiences, like the sunshine after an evil plot. Uniting everything is a very strong hypnotic feeling that is present in every song, with the continuous use of various sound loops, and a sense of risk and experimentation from start to end. The references are visible, like Kevin Shields and My Bloody Valentine or the more experimental side of Sonic Youth, but even considering those external influences, this record still sounds very self-absorbed. But not in a bad way, on the contrary, making it a rewarding experience to enter its own unique and fascinating universe. Slightly pretentious? Could be, but a small touch of genius makes a big difference, creating something at the same time so radical and so compelling. So yeah, I prefer to call it successfully ambitious. Mission more than accomplished. (9/10)

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