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The Year In Review: Deerhunter

24th December 2010
The Year In Review: Deerhunter

Artist:Deerhunter
Title: Halcyon Digest
Cat No: CAD3X38
Release date: 27th September 2010

No. 2 - Spin Albums of the Year
No. 3 - Pitchfork Albums of the Year
No. 10 - The Skinny Albums of the Year
No. 11 - Mojo 50 Albums of the Year
No. 20 - NME Albums of the Year
No. 26 - Gorilla vs Bear Albums of the Year
No. 30 - Drowned in Sound Albums of the Year
No. 32 - Clash Albums of the Year
No. 34 - Fake DIY Albums of the Year
No. 49 - Q Albums of The Year

In September, Deerhunter released their fourth LP, Halcyon Digest. In typically unconventional style, the band announced the album's release with an interactive xerox art project and the launch of website, www.halcyondigest.com.

For the album's launch, lead singer Bradford Cox designed a flyer by hand in the cut-and-paste style of his new-wave heroes and asked fans to print it out, photocopy it, and paste it around town – in their favorite independent record store, co-op, bedroom, library, etc. Designed to engage fans, the project also fittingly reflected the intimate and emotionally engaging qualities of Halcyon Digest. The video for the album's lead track, 'Helicopter', was a further extension of this aesthetic, with Bradford singing straight into the camera shrouded in ghost like shadows and enigmatic black and white footage.

With such a fine attention detail, it was unsurprising that Halcyon Digest was received so warmly by fans and critics alike. Deerhunter have always found favour in the press, but on this album the response seemed to eclipse their previous achievements, this time the songwriting of Lockett Pundt revered as highly as Bradford's. Indeed, it was the Lockett-penned 'Desire Lines' that surprised most, with its chugging intensity and ebullient outro. Pitchfork took note, positioning it highly in their tracks of the year poll.

If the fan-focused nature of the album's release suggested Deerhunter's roots still lay firmly in the underground, 2010 was also the year they spread their net wider to reach a new audience. In November, they made their national television debut on The Conan O'Brien Show, while further sessions were also recorded for Pitchfork and Spinner's Interface series, the later including a coruscating near-18 minute rendition (below) of 'Helicopter' segueing into 'He Would Have Laughed'. In amongst all of this hard work, Bradford also found time to home record four volumes worth of demo tracks in as many days under his Atlas Sound moniker, all of which were made available for free via his blog

On the back of such a successful year, Deerhunter plan to approach 2011 in similar uncompromising fashion. Starting in Japan in late January as part of the 4AD showcases, the band will be touring the world all the way through to April, providing more opportunity for fans to witness their dazzling live show in the flesh.

TOUR 2011
21st Jan - Club Quattro Nagoya, Nagoya
22nd Jan - Janus, Osaka
24th Jan - O-Nest, Tokyo
26th Jan - The Wall Live House, Taipei
29th Jan - St Jerome's Laneway Festival, Fort Canning Park, Dhoby Ghaut
31st Jan - St Jerome's Laneway Festival, Aotea Square, Auckland

4th Feb - St Jerome's Laneway Festival, Alexandria St, Brisbane
5th Feb - St Jerome's Laneway Festival, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne
6th Feb - St Jerome's Laneway Festival, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney
11th Feb - St Jerome's Laneway Festival, Fowlers Live, Adelaide
12th Feb - St Jerome's Laneway Festival, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth

25th Mar - Button Factory, Dublin
26th Mar - The Stiff Kitten, Belfast
28th Mar - Oran Mor, Glasgow
29th Mar - The Irish Centre, Leeds
30th Mar - Sound Control, Manchester
31st Mar - Shepherds Bush Empire, London

2nd Apr - Melkweg (Old Room), Amsterdam
4th Apr - Suedpol, Kriens
5th Apr - Rote Fabrik, Zuerich
6th Apr - Musica 90 Season Festival, Teatro Espace, Torino
7th Apr - Locomotiv Club, Bologna
8th Apr - Kill Your Pop Festival, La Vapeur, Dijon
10th Apr - Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing
11th Apr - Le Botanique, 1210 Bruxelles
13th Apr - Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao
14th Apr - La Riviera, Madrid
15th Apr - Sala Apolo 2, Barcalona

Halcyon Digest is out now on CD, LP and download.

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