Deerhunter - 'Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?'

8/10

Over the years, Deerhunter have proven themselves to be one of the most consistent and imaginative outfits on the planet. Since first emerging with their stunning debut album 'Turn It Up Faggot' back in 2005, the group have found themselves exploring the vast netherworld of psychedelic rock music, bringing together modern recording techniques with a retro aesthetic that helps give them a familiar yet otherworldly sound at times. This still seems to be their mantra as they head into album number eight, 'Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?', a record that cements their sound throughout the years.

From the start, this new full-length gives off the impression of being far older than it actually is. With a mix of hunting synths and an unpolished style, the record could easily have been released back in the 1970s, channelling a more nostalgic influence from artists such as Pink Floyd or The Doors. And much like those kind of artists, the album is this subtle mix of contemporary and wistful psych-rock with a selection of experimental and captivating instrumentals thrown throughout, giving the release this multifaceted angle that forces the listener on their toes and keeping the pace of the release ever moving forward.

Despite releasing so much material over the last decade, the quality of Deerhunter never seems to diminish. 'Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?' is still as exciting to listen to as any of their early work, and helps maintain that high level of constancy the band have always been able to conjure.

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