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Deerhoof, La Isla Bonita (Polyvinyl Records)




Deerhoof, La Isla Bonita (Polyvinyl Records)
Cd Reviews: November 27, 2014

11/27/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Deerhoof, La Isla Bonita (Polyvinyl Records)

Twelfth full-length from the San Fran nonsense-wave foursome, who’ve influenced the Flaming Lips among many others. I could picture any of their albums being used by Wayne Coyne as psyche-up music, sure, with all the clean-garage stops-and-starts on songs like this LP’s “Last Fad,” which begins as a chunky. Sgt. Pepper Beatles-ish thing that softens into a clubby dance groove and occasionally goes mental. Singer Satomi Matsuzaki’s had 20 years now to improve on her cutesy anime voice, but mostly she’s the same as she ever was, staring at the moon with her asexual gaze. Musically, they’ve taken the noisy bits of 2012’s Breakup Song and herded them into little pockets of mayhem, although “Exit Only” is worthy of a Big Black award for its distortion-drenched guitar drilling. “Black Pitch” offers some nice loud-quiet-loud no-wave, but actually a lot of that is present here. They’ve evolved into a shoegaze-inflected Battles if you ask me, sounding mathematically correct even when suddenly segueing into infantile instrument-bashing. A — Eric W. Saeger





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