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Halcyon Digest

Deerhunter

2010

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Halcyon Digest

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3.14

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Here's a band I didn't know anything about prior to today. Very indie. I was in a band once that had this same indie feel and I wonder now if the guitarist/singer was a fan. The first track sets the tone for the album in an unfortuate way. It's a 5-minute mishmash of rhythmic noise, sulky guitars, and shoegaze vocals. While the album does pick up from time to time, the rythmic noise elements and shoegaze vocals remain constant irritants. These lyrics are so far into their own navel that they can see their backbone. The album is self-indulgent and self-important to the point that it loses all connection to the audience and listening to it begins to feel uncomfortably voyeuristic. That said, the album is saved from a one-star by the fact that there are a few tracks that still manage to connect and because the recording production is top-notch. It really is very well produced. But you can only polish a turd so much. No matter how shiny it is, it's still crap.

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Oh my god. I don’t know how I’m supposed to get into music that sounds like the musicians are bored out of their minds even while making it. There are two tracks that DON’T do this and they’re nothing special.

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5

Does this bump in the whip? No. Does this make me stare out onto the road, my skin itching as I slowly drive into the gray amorphousness that swallows me, suspending me in space while time is slowed to the point where I can feel each millisecond seep into my skin, settle into my bones before it slides up my throat as I croak out the melodies to these songs, my body stretching forward as I feebly try to make contact with my loved ones, who sit just outside of this slow-time and no space as the grayness slowly digests me, breaking down each of my memories until I the only things that occupy my minds are the words to these songs? Yes. 
 This music seems to have its own temporality, like a voice is reaching out from somewhere I’ve never been, but somehow know, a nostalgia that feels more like an eerie horror than an old home. From the off-kilter percussive throbbing of “Earthquake” to the murmuring introduction of “Sailing” to the moaning that punctuates the beginning of “Basement Scene”’s chorus to “Helicopter”’s clacking which seems to rebound into itself, so much of this album feels like it is enlisting me into its own slanted rhythm, a rhythm just off beat with mine. At certain moments, it feels like I’m touching a time completely different from mine, not in the sense of a past or future, but a different sort of present, a present that moves slower, labors over every moment. Even the faster songs, like “Don’t Cry” and “Revival” and “Desire Line”, feel disjointed, feel like a world of their own. The closing song seems to me to sum up the whole of the album in its final seconds, which simply cut away just as it feels that the song is building to a conclusion, a demonstration that the music is ever so slightly distended, just a shade out of sync, recorded in a margin of time that suddenly closes itself off before we get the chance to hear what the music is fading towards. A beautiful album. 9/10. Fucking incredible.

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a pretty standard indie rock album, nothing revolutionary.

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Hello! Feminist Killjoy here... I spent a lot of this listen making a mental list of some of the female artists that I hope are coming up. (We've been listening for a month and we've heard exactly one.) So, while this album wasn't unpleasant to listen to, it had me wondering if maybe Deerhunter's dad was on the judging panel? And this isn't to say I think they're bad. If they lived down the street and played the local clubs, I'd think they are awesome. I'd be super proud of them for making stuff. But I found most of this unremarkable in the grand scheme of music and I can't help but wonder who was passed over to include it in the 1001. My rating of them is low perhaps because I'm mad at the list-makers of the world. Songs I enjoyed: Earthquake, Desire Lines, He Would Have Laughed. (And I've listened to these three several times now and like them more each time. I'm glad I've heard them. They are good.) Song I actively disliked: Basement Scene

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5

I dug it. Definitely leans heavily alt/indie, but there was some nostalgia in it as well, at times reminding me of the more diverse Beatles albums.

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5

Fucking amazing indie rock. A good portion of distorts and effects while maintaining the melodic strum of the guitar in the calm of the storm. Good vocal parts where it just feels right. Psychedelic rock like the old days.

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5

indie tranqui

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Mellow songs, catchy vocals and crisp tones. Definitely stands out as a distinctive and enjoyable album.

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Low Fi fuzzy loveliness!

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I liked this one way better than most of the others. It sounds like someone left a Weezer or Sonic Youth album out in the rain for a week. It just SOUNDS filthy which is neat.

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Highlights - Revival, Sailing, Desire Lines Halcyon Digest piqued my curiosity from the get-go, establishing a sense of wonder. It settled on a shoegazer-like, progression of dreamy and foreboding, reverb-heavy guitars...Revival is a strong, upbeat number that can be found at home in vintage clothing shops and hipster bars that sell $8 pitchers of PBR. Sailing is an auditory achievement that obviously takes the listener on a sailing trip conveyed by samples and the artist's drifting vocals. It's clear Deerhunter draws inspiration from low-fi pop acts such as Stereolab and Lush (Is it coincidence that Lush and Deerhunter both have different songs called \"Desire Lines?\")

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Listened to this several times. Like some individual tracks by them but doesn't do a whole lot for me really. Favorite track is the last one. I like some of their more recent albums more.

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Spacey (in a good way, not a Kevin way). 5/10

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It's an alright album, definitely feels like something to put on during a come down period.

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I first listened to this album around 5 or 6 years ago. I didn't like it and I don't remember why. Perhaps it sounded a little too 'indie' for me. Perhaps I wasn't in the right mindset. I never checked anything else out by them and always thought of them as the bad Deerhunter (as opposed to The Dear Hunter, a band that I love). Today I enjoyed the album from the start and I gave it a few listens. Overall it has a melancholy vibe to it but there are a few upbeat tracks that keep the album interesting. The opening track reminded me of something else that I'd heard before but I couldn't put a finger on what and that really clicked with me for some reason. Memory Boy, Desires Lines and Helicopter also made a strong impression but the closing track, He Would Have Laughed I am on the fence about. There's something about it I love and something that annoys the s*%t out of me I wish it didn't have such an abrupt ending, especially when Spotify likes to get into a related track after the song but that isn't it and I don't blame Deerhunter for that. Maybe I'll figure it out someday. This is one that hovers between a 3 and a 4 and I probably won't decide until I click the button.

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Soaked in reverb, lost in time. Why does the name Deerhunter pique my interest so quickly? Let the mystery unfold slowly. Remove the mask Scooby doo, who is haunting this fair ground ride...

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I listened to this album numerous times. While I liked the overall vibe of the album, it felt like it all blurred together to the point I couldn't tell you much about it, except the fact that it ends very abruptly. It took a lot of listens before I stopped checking to see if something went wrong.

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This couldn't be more hipster indie if it were wearing flannel and suspenders, a pork pie hat, and a ridiculous beard while drinking an IPA and planning a cross-country road trip. No, thank you.

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5

amazing

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5

This is right up my alley. Like a good indie movie soundtrack or something.

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beautiful album. Very much of my taste. Glad I listened to this one all the way through

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5

Great record

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5

M'ha encantat. Alt-brit-rock!

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5

most excellent!

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5

From what I heard, this was so atmospheric and intense and nice in an odd way. My favorite Deerhunter sound so far!

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Me encantó. Lei año 2010 y pensé "ah nuevisimo" y despues cai que pasaron 10 años. Tiene un monton de capas de cuerdas superpuestas que con buenos auriculares te derriten el cerebro cuando les prestas atencion. Amo este tipo de arreglos, y el disco está remil bien producido. Las voces tambien son excelentes, un callback muy bueno a Arcade Fire o a Jesus and Mary Chain si querés ir un poco para atrás. La verdad me voló la cabeza. La tema tica del disco es otra cosa que me gustó, creo que es el primer disco que habla mas o menos de como es descubrir musica nueva y sentir felicidad al respecto. Faveadisimo.

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5

I love it. Great album. While I would say that all of these tracks are highlights, the highlights of the highlights are: 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, and 10.

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This was my favorite album of that year.

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кайфовое инди, сигаретс афтер секс? лёгкий туманный приятный звук. нескучные аранжировки, откисалово, одно из немногих, что тут понравилось

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5

I've been meaning to listen to Deerhunter!

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5

Great album. Really enjoy pretty much all Deerhunter up through this album. Desire Lines was one of my favorite songs from this era. 5/5

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5

Brill, listened to it again all over. Deep, dark, and textural.

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5

was massively into these in the early 10's, dropped off the radar a bit but still sounds great

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5

As a wannabe psychedelic junkie, I approve this album.

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5

I heard this in 2010 and loved it and i still listen to it every once in a while and love it. Seen them play live 4 or 5 times and loved it. Its beautiful, its crushing, it is cute, it's rough it is almost perfect. Fav tracks: helicopter, he would have laughed

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5

This kind of music is right up my alley and I liked every song but it gets a five mostly because I listened to it while on a really relaxing walk on the first nice day in February. Immaculate vibes

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5

Love this gentle album

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Never had the chance to listen to Deerhunter. This is... really good!

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5

Four stars and a half An all-time classic, and an album which still holds its own years after it was released. As is usually the case with those classic albums, I won't write a full-blown review here given that others have already written wonderful stuff about them and there's not much I can add that I feel could be relevant and interesting. Halcyon Digest is just a timeless gem for anyone who has even a remote interest in indie-rock. Go and listen to it a.s.a.p. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 944 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 26 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 15 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important to me): 16

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5

Amazing album

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5

Super refreshing and unique. A great listen.

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Fitting that I get this considering that the tenth anniversary of the album's release has passed. Very cool sounds all around. Favorites include Desire Lines, Helicopter, Fountain Scene and He Would Have Laughed.

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4

Good mix of ethereal and surf rock sound. Kind of surprised with how much I enjoyed this. I always thought I thought Deerhunter was boring, but this was nice.

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I remember not being super fond of Deerhunter, so I'm coming into this album with mixed feelings. Felt like The Strokes, but I know DH is their own thing. I dunno, man, it was fun album to listen to. Kinda dreamy / sleepy vibes.

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Good this

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Very good indie dream noise pop - last track is great.

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Very cool album. Definitely added to my Pandora collection.

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relaxing, was putting me to sleep.

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Great alternative with pop sensibilities at points

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John would love this one.

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This record is pretty solid. Weird noise pop with some catchy tunes but a decent amount of filler in my opinion. I’ve listened to this record before and I think I fell out of favor with it. Favorite song: Revival Least favorite song: Basement Scene

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My type of music when you are just working aimlessly

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Strong start. Love that combo of up-front drum machine with very twangy acoustic guitar. I've definitely heard the first track. This sounds great. Distorted vocals and noisy elements are awesome, this is definitely up my alley. Deerhunter have described themselves as "ambient punk" according to Wikipedia, which I can see from this. Some of the tracks don't hit as hard, but "Earthquake", "Don't Cry", and "Helicopter" are very good. They all don't hit as well as those though, but still about a 3.5 to 4* for me.

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Quite radioheadish I liked it

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Slow and chill, this is an album that can turn people off with it's pacing and use of echo, sometimes feeling like you're in a chamber all by yourself with nothing to do. Fortunately, I like this kind of music, and tend to seek out calming stuff. Favorite songs are Desire Lines, He Would Have Laughed, and Coronado. Least Favorite is Earthquake.

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Catchy indie music with echo-y vocals and good beats. Highlights: -Revival -Sailing -Helicopter -He Would Have Laughed

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What a beautiful album. It's like a sea of friendly existential dread. Knew of this band but had not listened to them much if at all. Looking forward to exploring them more, and if this album is any indication I will be a new fan.

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Great

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this was wholly unexpected - i'd never heard the name before, and while i immediately liked the album name, that was all i knew. i really love this album - i love the prodigious reverb, i love the weird repetitions, i love the vocal style...i'm genuinely surprised and delighted

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4

Very good ambient rock/shoegaze. Definitely recommend to a friend

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Really enjoyed the vibe and flow of this album. It has a vibe and feel to it that never felt redundant. Just sort of flows from one track to the other with ease.

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This is a really great album - I hadn't listened to it all the way thru since it's release. Helicopter is on a couple of playlists. It reminds me of a time when I used to walk around more and listen to music in this genre. Big headphone music (I might end up saying that often). Reminds me of LA and the energy there in the oughts. Reminds me of : Tame Impala, Dept of Eagles, Animal Collective... Favourite Songs : 1) Helicopter 2) He would have laughed 3) Desire Lines (this comes with some contention) Underrated Songs : 1) Revival It's a great band album tho - there's something optimistic and cohesive about it. It's not dark side, but listening all the way thru is proper. Bandmates liking each other I bet : 9/10 Sound(s) : 9/10 Album as an experience : 8.3/10 This album ultimately makes me miss an energy that I felt in LA. It's experimental but polished. Just like Gabriel.

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Oh, this wasn't at all what I was expecting - I thought it was going to be pretty abrasive noise rock. Is that because they have some other albums in that vein, or am I confusing them with another band? Who knows! I really liked this - lovely blend of psychedelia, shoegaze, and a little bit of dream pop. Will definitely be revisiting. Fave track - "He Would Have Laughed" at the moment. "Desire Lines" also stood out... Gonna give this 4 stars but feel it could become 5 with more listens

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Ah I'm just a sucker for lo-fi folky stuff from my college days. If I were being completely objective, this would probably be a 3, but it gets a nostalgia bump for me.

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Love this. Chilled and jangly and beautiful.

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Sehr schön

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I like the way it sounds but it wasn’t interesting enough to hold my attention super well. 7

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Pensar en Deerhunter és pensar en Primavera Sound. Banda sonora indie de la darrera dècada, amb un grapat de bons àlbums, amb atmòsferes inspirades de guitarres i veus que divaguen entre el punk i el dream pop. Aquest "Halcyon digest" és un dels més coneguts, i té alguns dels seus temes més populars. Feia anys que no l'escoltava sencer i continua sonant fresc i evocador.

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It has surprised me,i really liked it

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Weird but chill

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Like a low 7? Idk, didn't pay that close of attention because I was cooking

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reminds me of the postal service at times. Has it’s moments but a lot of it is kinda boring. 7

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Alternatief maar wel goed gedaan

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Never heard of this one. Seems like there are a lot of those.

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I really liked this, even though I'm not sure why, and found it hard to describe - AOR but good?

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sounds like the Beatles and Tom Petty, I like the saxophone use

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4

Love this album.

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A very enjoyable listen that I will need to go back and revisit more than once

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4

Very slow and melodic instrumentals, along with some deep vocals and a vibe that gets amplified by it’s album cover

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goob, chill songs with good album pacing

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i lol'ed

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4

Muy buen disco. Interesante y fresco.

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I found the first song irritating and thought I might have to abandon the album. Really improved after the first song and I enjoyed it.

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Jess really likes this kind of music (ESP song Desire Lines) and Ian says he would return and listen to this album again.

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Enjoying romp in alternative.

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Really good sound engineering. A homage to rock history in a melacholic way (7/10) Favourite Tracks: He Would Have Laughed, Revival

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I know there's some big fans of this group or genre in the Rabbit Hole. I didn't mind the album, didn't totally love it either. I did have it playing all day so that says something positive. I didn't really like the buzzy distortion sound in Earthquake (and at times Don't Cry). The dreamy rock in Sailing, Helicopter, or Desire Lines was more up my alley; really loved that last song. Memory Boy and Basement Scene sounded like 60's rock taken to new heights. Fountain Stairs and Coronado got a little heavier (didn't mind it) and then the start to He Would Have Laughed (and the riff that goes throughout) was just super cool. Great way to take an album home.

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4

Sonic soundscapes that were both relaxing and energetic. Music to play board games to. Good stuff.

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4

A beautiful album.

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26/30 i liked it alot

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This album was great, with particular highlights being Revival and Desire Lines (sounding very VERY similar to Arcade FIre's Rebellion (Lies) ). lots of late 90s / early 00's influences in here to enjoy- the aforementioned Arcade Fire being one, The Breeders another

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No clue what this might be… Put this on and the odd “percussion” that opens “Earthquake” mad me wonder what I was in for. Things quickly became quite ethereal and I suddenly wanted to be floating in a pool in the dark. This music has a strange polished shamble to it that appeals. “Don’t Cry” staggers its way to its conclusion then “Revival” gets things back up to speed. It has a very nice musical interlude at its heart. This album has a way of being unconventional while avoiding becoming unpleasant. It’s hard to pin down the hooks - they drift by and slip away before you really lock your ears on them. The saxophone in “Coronado” was very welcome. I have been complaining about how the sax has been instrument-non-grata in popular music this millennia… There’s a kind of Radiohead-crossed-with-The-Shaggs-with-a-dose-of-Badly-Drawn-Boy quality that I find quite compelling. A welcome addition to my library.

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Helps remove stress.

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Really cool, they give out some Nirvana/Radiohead feels, chill with some extra good melodies and riffs!

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Mys indie

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3.5/5. This was alright, a little better than average. I thought most of the tracks sounded similar, however, they were good.

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I first heard this album earlier this year after reading a lot about it as a pinnacle of 2010's indie rock- for the most part, it really hits the mark. "Halcyon Digest" is a very well produced, put together album. On first listen, some of the most striking tracks are the most dreamlike ones, slow and spacey with ambient leanings ("Earthquake", "Helicopter", "Sailing"). These are deliciously atmospheric pieces that send every reverse-delay snare hit, spacious arpeggio and guitar strum floating delicately through the air. They're also the album's only real flaw, representing the moments where "Halcyon Digest" is most at risk of going blind from all the navel gazing. While "Earthquake" is a lovely opener, "Sailing" risks becoming too long, and "Helicopter" comes close to feeling like a recap. Thankfully, the sequencing is fantastic here and these longer pieces are interwoven with short, catchy pop gems. Across the rest of the album, Cox and co. continue to carve rough pop gems out of lo-fi fuzz and a 3-chord songbook: "Fountain Stairs", "Memory Boy" and "Don't Cry" are all accessible melodies dressed in light distortion and plenty of reverb. They have a nostalgic feeling, often bringing to mind 60s baroque-pop in their ornate simplicity. It's not short of more contemporary influences either- I definitely felt some Arcade Fire in "Coronado", but a much more homespun version, bombast free. It all goes to say that these aren't the most original or innovative songs to come out of the last decade, but they are engrossing listens nonetheless. Bradford Cox's vocals are non-committal, shrugging, detached- to a point which could be annoying if the aforementioned melodies didn't feel so effortless. The perfect marriage of the two is "Desire Lines," a behemoth of a song with a guitar solo outro reaching across the ocean, buoyed by a simple, singalong chorus. Finally, my favourite on offering is "He Would Have Laughed", an absolutely gorgeous odyssey to send out the band on a wistful peak. Its first four minutes or so are a gradually building stop-start riff, before it breaks into beautiful washes of synth and a lilting, wistful melody. It feels like the waves breaking, and is a perfect way to close the album.

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Überraschend gute Musik

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I was in college when this music dominated the indie scene and as such, it has a nostalgic feeling for me when I hear it’s driving and contemplative melodies. In retrospect, I can see how much of this indie alternative musics sounds the same. Nevertheless, Deerhunter does that style very well.

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4

Solid album, good vibes

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It’s a nice album. Quite short but many of the songs are really pleasant and kinda catchy. Some don’t make much of an impression though. 7/10

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4

First time I'd heard of this band. Enjoyed it, will listen again and explore more.

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4

nice

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4

A very pleasant listen

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I know some of the songs and of course I’ve seen the sleeve many times but I don’t know why I had never heard this one in complete before. I loved it

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2021-01-05, p933. Spotify OK US indie guitar rock, vaguely 60s vibe

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This is definitely not the most remarkable album on this list, but I did find myself thoroughly enjoying it. The music has a sort of gentle, fleeting or ephemeral grace to it that I find soothing yet also stimulating.

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4

Some really good tracks, especially enjoyed the last one

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I liked this more than I was expecting to

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Kind of dreamy and atmospheric at the beginning, that ramps up to almost a celebration at the end.

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What a weird and cool album. It's a bit slow-paced, but overall it was really interesting 4/5

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Better than expected

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4

Another great find...I really enjoyed this record.

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Enjoyed the weird pop feel, but not excessively. Ended up being a bit background to Sowenna!

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Behagelig, men ikke kjedelig. Innslag av trompet og Harpe (?). Kan minne om Smashing Pumpkins, men mindre skråling. Revival er best. He Would Have Laughed er litt vel lang.

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4

A pretty decent indie rock album. Chill vibes emanated from the album, and I found myself pretty relaxed listening to it. Where some albums I've gotten recently have been harder rock or more intensive listens, I enjoyed the mellowness of this.

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4.5

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I love the 2010s magical fairy forest vibes in this album! Love Memory Boy and Basement Scene especially! Some parts of this remind me of the Mystery Jets and Arcade Fire I don't know who came first... I don't love towards the end it gets a little bit too mushy for me!

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4

Didn’t click at first but a second listen helped. Really good

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Really liked this album, going to listen to more of their stuff

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Indie rockexperimental rockpsychedelic popnoise rock. Agradable. Y sugiere grupos parecidos chulos.

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The first song had me a little concerned about the direction of the album, but I wound up pleasantly surprised. It wasn't all a not-quite-successful attempt to follow in the footsteps of Radiohead (who likely can't be replicated). In fact, "Halcyon Digest" is the rare album that consistently gets better as it goes along. By the end, I realized I had solidly enjoyed it, and will check out more Deerhunter in the future.

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3.5/5 Pretty experimental and out there and dreamy for the most part. A little meandering too doe.

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Good, not great. Some really catchy bits and nice textures.

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1/29 Nice dreamy project. Standout Tracks: Earthquake, He Would Have Laughed

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Reminds me of a softer Interpol in some spaces. I like when it gets weird with it (some weird sound effects, a really great saxophone solo), but other than that it feels very calm and timid. Favorite tracks: "Earthquake", "Desire Lines", "Coranado"

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This is one of those shoegaze bands that occasionally forgets to put a melody or intelligible lyric into their music. They come up as a suggested band based on other bands and genres that I'm into, but they've never been more than just okay in my eyes. Best track: He Would Have Laughed

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3

Was okay. Few songs were great, others were boring.

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not for me

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Enjoyed this. Nothing particularly interesting or exciting, but pleasant enough collection of songs.

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Another in a line of albums that mildly appeal to me but don't compel me. Much like the Tori Amos album yesterday, I like it, but about halfway through the listen I became aware of the fact that I couldn't tell the difference between any of the songs. Still, I didn't dislike it. 3 stars.

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Nice enough background shoe gaze

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It was okay.

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Bra, men inte riktigt tillräckligt med attityd.

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cool but wont listen again

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Not bad

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Some kind of indie band. Not bad, but not wildly memorable either.

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3 stars

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A shame Spotify burnt me out on Revival, this is a great LP that sounds surprisingly modern for being released 14 years ago. I do wish they had leaned in more on the more expansive, wall-to-wall production rather than the standard indie rock fare, but this is still a solid listen through and through.

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5

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Some draggy boring songs but a few really interesting ones too.

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OK but didn't make a deep impression. Sounds like a lit of things, but then again maybe a lot of things sound like this. Feel like it might grow on me with repeated listening.

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Wel lekker alternatief albumpje, zitten wel wat goede deuntjes op

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Interesting

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Not bad.

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Doesn't seem to be my kind of pop.

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Not bad. I would listen again

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I like this. I prefer the songs where the sound isn't all mushy and diluted, but overall this was good. 3 stars.

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Self described “ambient punk”, psychedelic shoegaze indie pop rock

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Enjoyable to listen to, no particularly memorable tracks.

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Enjoyable album, however, I don't how much of a replay value it has for me. Let's give it three stars anyway.

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Ah yes, the early 2010s and their bubblegum my electronica and high pitched vocals and washed out guitar. I really wish this was Cherry Glazerr or Beach House. Catchy. Glitchy, but I could have picked a few better albums than this, say Fear Fun, I love you honey bear, Yankee Hotel foxtrot? It's odd how something so young is so dated somehow. Enjoyable regardless

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Overall it was really solid. The atmosphere it created was unique, and I enjoyed it. There were some standout moments, such as “Desire Lines,” but as a whole it was just good, not great.

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Thought it was gonna be too sleepy but not bad

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I think I saw them open sometime during/after college. I don't recall them making much of an impression, but I do remember them being Pitchfork darlings. This is pretty amorphous music, it could be recorded anytime within the past 30 years. Memory Boy and Cordnado and the boy who laghed are pretty catchy,

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I loved the production but didn’t love the singer’s voice.

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Minimalist alt rock with attention to detail and lots of imaginative and interesting textures

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I cyk, juz nie znam albumika, nie kojarze nawet bandy ktora stworzyla to dzielo muzyczne z pogranicza rocka i popu, przyjemny odsluch, ale raczej bym juz sobie calego nie odpalil, na plejliste polecialy 2 kawalki dont cry oraz he would have laughed, po edukacji discogowej album jest klasyfikowany jako art rock oraz indi rock, ale jak dla mnie bardziej przechyla sie w strone indie popu w niektorych kawalkach, ostatnim stylem o jakim wspomina discog jest shoegaze, czyli jak dla mnie nowosc, bo pierwszy raz spotykam sie z takim terminem, oznacza on styl alternatywenego rocka wywodzacy sie z wysp brytyskich, postal on pod koniec 80s, nazwa dosc ciekawa, bo buto patrzenie, a wysmyslil go koles po tym jak zauwazyl tendencje gitarzystow do spogladania na swoje obuwie podczas koncertow, moze ma to jakis sens, bo akurat gitarka jest dosc mocnym akcentem tego albumu, tak jak pisalem o 2 plejlistowych utworach

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bylo juz grane?

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ok, didn't blow me away

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I think this album grew on me over time. I tend to find a lot of neo-psychedelia/psychedelic rock disappointing, I guess because I expect something interesting and adventurous like Ween, but I end up with what is more easily described as slow and meandering indie rock. While I think a few songs on here fits that description, there are some pretty good tracks on here too ("Earthquake," "Memory Boy," "Desire Lines," and "Helicopter" stand out to me.)

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I already can't remember much of this album. Fine I guess, bit electronic for my tastes. 6?

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Maar in delen beluisterd maar ben er wel voor in om dit nog eens met echte aandacht tot me te nemen.

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Niet goed genoeg geluisterd maar klonk best aardig

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Quite enjoyed this. 3*

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Started out not thinking much of it, but it started growing on me. Psychedelic pop meets power pop, to me. I listened to it a second time. Ok, but I'm not compelled to add it to my collection.

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Very unique production applied to fine pop songs. Not my bag, but not bad either. I can walk away at least appreciating this.

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Me recuerda a Arctic Monkeys, ta piola.

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So so

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So far not the best thing. "Revival" is a nice change of pace. Best song so far. "Desire Lines" was also nice. So far they're also the two most popular songs on the albums if Spotify play count is to mean something. Hopefully that means I'm in for at least another 2 songs I like. Eh. Not my cup of tea. Too drippy reverb. I get it... it's fun to play that stuff. But it just doesn't do much for me as a listener anymore.

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3/5 Okayish, but nothing memorable

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Ok, I guess? Nothing special

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Started slow but really built steam by second half - Jesus and Mary chain vibe - I liked it a lot

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Really enjoyable, striped back pop album full of lovely and poignant songs that can just wash over you if you’re in the mood to listen

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Musically good. Lyrics were too quiet

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Отдихающий альбом, лайтовая чил музычка

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interesting, sounds very heavily influenced by Blur.

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Meh, nothing new, nothing special, didnt kew this band and I know why. The álbum is ok but not for this list

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Not my cup of tea.

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I understand enjoying the psychedelic vibes of pretending to float away in space, but I can't stomach the heavily reverbed guitars, loud drums, or the breathing in my ear for too long, which are way to noticible on the first three tracks. Though after these, when Deerhunter abandons a pure focus on psychedelic sounds and goes for a more indie-rock aesthetic, I find that the album improves significantly. Standout tracks are the slow and melancholic Sailing, the relatively energetic Desire Lines, the catchiness of Fountain Stairs and the mysterious distorted vocals on Coronado. 3/5.

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Strange unique sound Sometimes it gets repetitive 3/5

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I liked listening to this one; it wasn't a bad experience. The high points of the album felt high. However, the low points felt a bit awkward. Favorite track: Helicopter

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Food album with some gorgeous songs. Sweet harmonies, tight rhythms. I'm close to giving this 4 going to settle on 3 🌟

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Can't help but be reminded of my times at ATP. Happy memories, wrapping in mostly-boring indie music.

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Establishes a mood and has a couple of gems. I remember listening to this a lot when it was released. The first Deerhunter album I really listened to.

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Trippy

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Sounds good. Need more listening time.

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Eh. Not really my cup of tea but it's good for background music when gaming.

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fantastic atmosphere, unfortunately doesn't do too much else that's notably interesting. 3-3.5

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I remember liking it more when it first came out. Fine but not earth shaking.

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Good indie twinkles, but just made me want to listen to The Dear Hunter instead.

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Wasn't my favorite, but it sounded close to something I would like. Pretty neutral overall.

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L'incoutournable Deerhunter, ayant marqué de son empreinte de cerf l'année 2010, se trouvait donc au menu aujourd'hui. Etant a 90% vegetalien, je tente toujours de profiter un maximum de mes rares ecarts nutritionnels, en m'offrant de beaux steaks et autres entrecôtes. Seulement, la viande de cerf qui nous était proposée aujourd'hui était extrêmement fade, et nous laissait un arrière goût d'éléphant. Bien dommage de partir sur un tel repas, avant une nouvelle semaine remplie de fruits et légumes.

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Pour être très honnête, j'ai écouté cet album d'une oreille des plus inattentives. Je vais donc aborder un autre sujet. Vous avez probablement remarqué, si vous suivez mon compère eljimenez sur les réseaux sociaux, que celui-ci partage régulièrement des extraits insignifiants de sa vie personnelle sur fond musical. De ce fait, vous savez bien, si vous me connaissez un minimum, que les morceaux choisis par celui-ci pour illustrer ses pitoyables aventures sont tirés de mon répertoire personnel. Je vous tiendrai informé de la discussion que j'aurai avec lui la prochaine fois que nos routes se croiseront.

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3/5

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Pretty good. Better than I expected

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2nd Listen. Great sounds. Love at least half of the songs.

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Quiet, unassuming, pretty

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Helicopter is good

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Not unpleasant sounding, but rather meh for me. A couple of moments where my ears perked up, but overall, it kind of just sounded like background music even when I was focusing only on listening.

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I'd been agonizing what to think about this album all day, and played a bit for my spouse, who immediately said "I'd listen to this as background music just fine but I don't love it and I can't understand anything he's singing." I like the mood it sets and how it evokes certain eras with the music. I can't find a whole lot of meaning in the lyrics, but it seems to have been made that way. They like to repeat phrases at least three times in many of the songs. I'm told the songs are inspired by images in memories (real or imagined) without much explanation and the lyrics just come as they come. I like "Revival," "Memory Boy," "Basement Scene," and "Fountain Stairs." "Sailing" sounds to me like the 60s classic "Onie" by the Electric Prunes. "Coronado" has a somewhat 80s saxophone solo! The album seems to end very abruptly at the end of "He Would Have Laughed." Was that as it was supposed to be? Very jarring.

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Fine pop-rock. Not great. Not bad. Fine.

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Hints of the more experimental end of the Beach Boys, particularly Smile, and of Mercury Rev. Songs are mini-symphonies - or bags of bits, depending on your perspective. Some pleasant moments, but not fully realised - their reach exceeds their grasp, which is not a terrible failing. Better than not reaching at all.

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Mundane

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Interesting production but kind of bland songwriting

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Don't Cry is a good tune. Chameleon by Blanc sounds like a infrigement lawsuit waiting to happen. Most of this album was a pretty easy listen.

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Got half way through. Not bad but need to give it another chance

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The person on the cover looks like if Ellen was a little person in a nightgown and wig. I enjoyed listening to this band. Pretty cool album.

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More like Hipster Digest. This album had a strong back half for me. Highlights: Desire Lines, Helicopter, Memory Boy

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Nice background music. My favorite songs were Desire Lines, Fountain Stairs, and Coronado.

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meh

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Some very good quality tunes by this band I've never heard of

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psychedelische Musik, eignet sich im Hintergrund

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To me, it seems like where Radiohead would've ended up had they not embraced their experimental side.

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I enjoy listening to dreamy alternative songs like these on rainy days. I especially liked Earthquake!

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Mumbo jumbo

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sounds like some all the other modern psychedelic bands, just not as good. a snoozer for me.

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Small intestine kinda thing

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Alternative music. Good group of songs.

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Solid indie album but nothing there that I would listen again to.

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It's not too bad but don't really know why it is on the list.

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January 22nd 2022. The best of this album IMO: - Don't Cry - Revival Man I love me some hipster music. 3.2/5

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Wasn’t in the mood. Maybe on a different day?

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nice indie alt album

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This had me moderately interested in the band. Not a bad pick, solid indie pop.

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Hlustaði ekki til enda. Fín bakgrunnstónlist. Þarf að hlusta betur

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pretty good

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Solid collection of indie rock and indie pop. A bit too spacey in places for my personal taste, but quality songs throughout. Favorite Tracks: "Earthquake", "Don't Cry", "Memory Boy", "Desire Lines", "Helicopter"

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It was pleasant and relaxing enough. I understand the appeal, it feels very lo-fi dreamy. I was into indie rock and indie folk my freshman year of college, but I've never heard of this. I had a couple friends that would've liked this a lot, I bet. First song was cool. I really don't see how this album got onto this list though. I feel like there's a ton of this style of music out there that's more well known/influential. I do wonder what people will remember of this genre in 50 years; for some reason this music doesn't seem like it will stand the test of time. I usually have given 3's to albums I enjoyed just fine, but don't need to hear again, which describes this album perfectly.

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I wanted to like this more than I actually did. Ill give it another go some day but today I was just not feeling it. It might be some leftover fatigue from the album I had before.

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Bof

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Indie rock I guess. Not much happening here for me. I feel like I should know this band, given it's so recent, but I can't say I know anything from them. Not bad, not great, just alright. Favorite tracks: Memory Boy, Desire Lines, Coronado. Album art: A bit creepy, a little woman (or little man in drag?) kneeling in prayer. Black and white works to make this creepier. 3/5

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Nice sound. Was an enjoyable listen.

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Fine

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Great album absolutely loved the bedroom pop vibe

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Good

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Fint, men kanskje litt pregløst (?).

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Tranquil but odd

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This is the fifth album from the indie rock band Deerhunter. The psychedelic / indie pop album was released to critical acclaim. The music on this album is beautiful and meant to romanticize the past as well as produce a sense of existential dread. Definitely a super chill album - and this doesn't mean the music is slow - just that the theme of the album is mysterious and kind of sad. I liked this album and I guess I'll have to check out more music from the Deerhunter band.

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Dece. Should revisit sometime to actually listen to the lyrics, but the vibe was good.

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Landfill indie, made mildly more interesting by being American landfill indie. Like an NYC version of Doves, if they had listened too nothing but Hail to the Theif. Not really my thing, not bad for chilling out with glitchy guitars and engaging time signatures.

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Seemed completely up my street at first but I didn't find it particularly memorable, not bad though

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At first I was very against this and thought it was wishy washy nothingness. BUT it grew on me - there were some stand out ones among a few that just sort of blurred in. I knew the last song - must have been on a Discovery Weekly and reminds me of Lockdown 1

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udmærket

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Meh.

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S'écoute bien, peut-être à réessayer car je ne vois pas le hype de cet album. Sans qu'il soit mauvais je l'ai trouvé monotone.

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Ok laid back indie rock with some psychedelic elements. There is a nice vibe going here

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Nice to see some indie-rock bands here instead of just older classic rock albums. This record has it moments and there are some good songs here, but overall it didn't capture my attention as much I had hoped. Good effort, so I will listen to more from the band.

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Indie pop. Ni fu ni fa.

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Was expecting to enjoy this a lot more, but by the end of the album I felt it so Indie it just becomes a bit dull. One I might need to come back to again to fully appreciate.

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I saved a couple songs from it, not the best I've heard so far

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Ágætis plata.

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Fun fact pop pickers, I always get Deerhunter and Deerhoof confused. Make of that what you will. This is fine but if I remember correctly I prefer Deerhoof. I think.

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I'm not convinced that anyone in the world considers this to be their all time favourite album, but it's alright I suppose. I feel like there was a lot of this kind of music 10/12 years ago and it doesn't particularly stick out like a sore thumb, or like SHACK in Tokyo. (He's there for the school girls).

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Couldn’t work it out. Some magical moments mixed with turgid waffle. Glad I’ve heard it but wouldn’t go back in a hurry.

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Was interesting music and I liked some of it.

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I’m not exactly sure what to say. Most of this album is listenable, but nothing special. A couple tracks I would turn off.

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Enjoyable, but forgettable

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Before listening: no idea what this is going to sound like but I'm kinda expecting hipsters. While listening: yep, hipsters. Alternative indie rock type stuff, no clue why it's on this list. Boring. 2/5. After listen: yeah, that was just hipster drivel. Hope someone enjoyed it, cause I didn't.

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Ok the album cover is creepy as fuck and ordinarily I get jazzed by this kind of music but just wasn’t feeling it

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It was ok background music, but it didn't stand out much to me.

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I really liked the song desire lines, I will say that it gets boring near the end. The rest of the album is ok.

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pretty boring. a little slow for my tastes today

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Good background music but wouldn't put it on to listen too.

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mellow listen

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Wow this is so boring. "I didn't even realize music was still playing."

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Nothing really stands out about this album, I almost forgot that I listened to it earlier. 2.5

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Soft, experimental, entertaining.

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Not my style, very boring and making me sleepy. I think if you like beatles, you would like this one.

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Rock pop indie. Aburrido.

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Generic indie rock. Might be good for its genre but no sympathy from me for the genre. Sounds Beach Boys-ish at some point.

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I dont know if i like this album or not. 2 seems low and 3 stars seems high. Its really confused me

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Ok

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It was OK. I thought at times it was a 2.5-er. As I've been grumpy this week I may as well keep that going.

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did nothing for me

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meh his vocals annoy me

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Eindelijk weer iets moderns. Klinkt zeker niet verkeerd, maar doet me te weinig om mijn aandacht voor een heel album vast te houden.

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medio indie, shoegaze, no me gustó. Sonido como pop fiestero inglés de los 90. También tiene un sonido que me evoca a las canciones de los 60".

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Deerhunter is clearly talented. That said, they are not my cup of tea. A couple of alright songs are peppered in but mostly the album was a grind for me. Sad, lonely, depressing shoegaze is just not my forte. I'd give it a 1.5-2/5. Lotta filler and messing around, but clearly talented musicians trying new things (for 2010) that's just not my style. Definitely could have died without hearing it.

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Like a less accomplished mix of Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend and MGMT. Of course Pitchfork loved them.

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Not very exciting

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not for me

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teilweise netter Gitarrenrock, aber warum das in die Liste muss, naja...

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A decent album. But not super memorable.

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Rating: 5/10 Beat songs: Desire lines

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Not a fan of the first track, although I do enjoy the atmospheric clean guitar. Too much space, gives me anxiety. The samples are cool though ngl. (Earthquake - 1/5 Second tracks beginning reminds me of Elliott Smith. The fuzzed out guitar right panned sounds incredible. Still undecided on how much I enjoy the vocal deliverance. Vocal harmonies are amazing. Don’t really like the ending though. (Don’t Cry - 3/5) Third track starts out more upbeat, feels like the album is beginning to go somewhere. I love the instrumentation here. There’s an absolutely FUZZED OUT guitar track hidden in there, again, incredible touch. “It doesn’t make much sense” Woah! That punchy delivery was incredible! (Revival - 3/5) Fourth track is returning to the moodiness. Intro clean guitar and vocals, drowned in hall reverb. I find the vocals kind of hard to discern in the mix, I can’t hold that against the album though. This track fails to catch my attention. Out of the songs so far, this is my second to least favorite. The least favorite being the opener. (Sailing - 1/5) The fifth tracks intro is great, it feels like a set up for something greater. Vocals hit, and I instantly love the song. By far my favorite on the album so far. The droning note at the end of each phrase sends goosebumps down my arms. Pre-chorus is really catchy. The drums are incredible in this track, I absolutely love them. The vocals are clear, less whispered. Middle instrumental interlude is tasteful. The guitar walking up and down the scale sounds great. A very long cut, over 6 minutes long. Middle instrumental begins to drag on. No return to vocals, instrumental permeates through the ending. (Desire Lines - 4/5) Track six’s intro is unconvincing at first. Return to hard-to-hear vocals. Two-three chord song, until clear break towards the 2/3rd of the song, pace change, not bad by any means, but just mediocre. (Memory Boy - 1/5) Track seven has a cool instrumental and vocal drone intro, I really like when the drums come in. I like the chord progression, very reminiscent. This track shares DNA with the previous track, but for some reason, I find myself finding this song much more. (Basement Scene - 3/5) Track eight is incredibly underwhelming, I don’t like the drum sample, and the lyrics sound like every other word that has been uddered on this album. (Helicopter - 1/5) Track nine, Another underwhelming song. Seems to me the song quality drops off dramatically towards the latter half of the album. Nothing about this song catches my ears in anyway. (Fountain Stairs - 2/5) Track ten has a very bare piano and acoustic guitar intro that builds into a mass instrumentation. I do NOT like the vocals, I just find them incredibly annoying where they sit in the mix. God bless the sax solo though. (Coronado - 2/5) The final track has quite an interesting slap back delay acoustic guitar intro. You can HEAR the vocals in this mix, but they are still drowned out with hall reverb. I don’t get the appeal of this track, although the guitar riff is very catchy. (He Would have Laughed - 2/5) The album is a 2/5. An underwhelming experience, just feels like an electric Neutral Milk Hotel. The album definitely has a feeling, don’t get me wrong. It’s very consistent and I applaud it for that, but none of the tracks, besides two, do anything for me.

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interesting

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bit hit and miss here, and even then, the hits aren't amazing

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mmmm nop. Nothing particularly interesting here.

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One word Wednesday: disappointing. ⭐️⭐️

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Each song sounds like there is a germ of an idea, but it needs a lot more development to me. It just doesn’t sound that great.

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It was ok for background music but really low energy naval-gazing type alternative rock. First song led me to think this was going to be a lo-fi electronic beats but then realized it's not after. Not my thing, but when I was depressed I probably would have loved this.

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Almost fell asleep but a few songs were alright

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Hard meh.

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I'm not sure how I feel about this. It reminds me of Guided By Voices and various DIY indie bands from the 80s and 90s. I like the concept - songs about imaginary concepts - but it all starts to feel quite samey. Individually there's a lot to like about the tracks. I might listen to some tracks in a playlist among other artists, but I don't feel like there's anything significant about Halcyon Digest as an album. That's my first impression.

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I wouldn't say this is bad, but I also wouldn't say it's good, interesting, engaging, or that there is any chance I will ever listen to it again. It's just a bit slow, gloomy, whiney, and dull. 2/5.

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Lo-fi psychedelia. My favourite. Only joking, this is terrible.

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Not my genre. Tried to listen and just tuned it out.

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le tracce interessanti sono poche. a livello musicale c'è qualcosa di apprezzabile, ma è troppo [o troppo poco] Indie per essere aver influenzato at qualcun altro

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Nothing to remember 🙁

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Not something I really enjoyed abit slow

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Not especially interesting.

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OK sound, but too slow and soft for my taste.

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What have I heard?

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Not really my taste

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I don't care. This music is all kinda hollow. Nothing here to hold my interest.

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Not very good.

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4.5/10

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It waffled on for far too long

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Just so bland and samey

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I found this really bland. I may be holding a prejudice against this band as The Dear Hunter are one of my favourite bands, but people always think I'm talking about this band when I mention them.

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Ehh.

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Атмосферно, но не понятно

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Nothing terribly bad about this album. Also nothing memorable about this album.

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Almost every song felt like it was just a slow burn towards getting started but then nothing happened. Memory Boy was the first one that at least started with a quicker tempo. Haven't heard of this group before but I would have been comfortable not knowing for longer. Doesn't need to be on this list.

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Interesting & different… enjoyed listening

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Chato.

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Full "meh". Possibly the most Meh album I've ever heard.

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No review. I listened to it Friday, and it’s Monday and literally nothing stood out.

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Moderne indie, dreampop, svævende vokal

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Five, bit boring

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Easily forgettable.

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As a regular hunter myself, I find it hard to believe that these kids have ever hunted anything. The lyrics are whiney and it's all a bit too angsty and teenager in love to merit my full attention. Of course, if it's only deer that these boys are hunting then I can't comment. They aren't real men like me. I hunt humans. In particular, vulnerable women and children. That's why any music I make is fuckin' badass, unless this useless shite. I could order this music at moonpig.com.

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I've always struggled with american indie. it seems like its good with talented musicians, a nice style and what appears to be a strong scene. it has a lot of the hallmarks of something i'd like but it's just wet. It's far too introspective and dainty, there's never any weight, anger or grit to it. if they whacked on a bit of fuzz and got pissed off they've got all the goods to make something really enjoyable but as it is you just get this feeling that the singer has got rejected by a girl, started crying about it and has inconsolably pissed himself on his bathroom floor after drinking shit wine. which is fine, but don't write a song about it and try to inflict your self loathing misery on to others. got enough of my own thanks.

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2.5⭐

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Awful

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dreamy trippy... meh

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Forgetable

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Disapproval look

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Strokes + Wreckless Eric = why is this a genre

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Generic hipster crap

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meh, typical super singer alternative indie junk

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Didn't enjoy it, bit tedious

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They are the exact description of alternative. Well played instruments but not a fan

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Not one part of the album did anything for me. Boring from start to finish.

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I don't like this at all. Now it's finished I couldn't even tell you what the difference between one song and another is. The lasting impression this leaves me with is 'why?'. Not for me.

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not very good... sounds like old stuff i would am not interested. i didn't have one song i liked there...

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