Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? is the eighth album by the Atlanta art pop band, Deerhunter. Despite seeing so many of their contemporaries venture into greener sonic pastures to reaffirm or revitalize their working methods and outcomes, Deerhunter decides that for their eight album, instead of opting for something more daring and adventurous, they just a wrote a bunch of impeccable cuts taking cues from previous efforts emphasizing the pop over the experimental sound. Some might say this is recoil but I say otherwise. If there’s a band that could showcase their pop attributes without jeopardizing their reputation, it’s Deerhunter. This set of songs is perhaps the most inspired as well as accessible. There’s just something quite pleasant and hypnotic in all ten tracks that I can’t stop listening. Already one of my favorite recordings of 2019.
Something else from the press release:
What they spend their time doing instead is reinventing their approach to microphones, the drum kit, the harpsichord, the electromechanical and synthetic sounds of keyboards. Whatever guitars are left are pure chrome, plugged straight into the mixing desk with no amplifier or vintage warmth. The result is as thrilling, haunting, and unpredictable as anything in their roughly 15-year career.
RIYL: Grizzly Bear, Ariel Pink, The Flaming Lips, Grandaddy and The Clean.
1. (4:23) *** Death In Midsummer – Slow/medium tempo. Harpsichord driven. Psychedelic guitars. Impressive.
2. (4:26) **** No One’s Sleeping – Medium tempo. Layers of synths, keyboards and other electronic sounds. Unconventionally constructed. More striking psychedelic moments. My favorite track on the record.
3. (2:03) ***Greenpoint Gothic – Synths and more automated sounds. Instrumental. Faultless.
4. (3:00) **Element – Medium tempo. Deerhunter sounding like classic Deerhunter. Entrancing.
5. (4:17) **What Happens To People – Medium–up tempo. Baroque pop here. Feels timeless.
6. (3:26) *Détournement – Slow tempo. The most experimental of the bunch. Part spoken word. Still notable.
7. (2:52) ***Futurism – Medium tempo. Playful cut soaked in psychedelic sounds and driven by a very 1970s melodic AM radio vibe. One of my favorites.
8. (3:08) *Tarnung – Slow tempo. Calm. Warm sounds. Absorbing.
9. (2:14) ***Plains – Medium-up tempo. Rhythmic and engaging. Reminds me somehow of a more light version of Talking Heads. Too bad it’s brief.
10. (6:25) ***Nocturne – Slow/medium tempo. Impressive recording starting as a baroque pop ballad then mutating into semi-vaporwave synth driven cut with a long outro. Just splendid.