Deerhunter : Desire Lines
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Deerhunter : Desire Lines

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I have an awkward confession to make here: I don’t love Halcyon Digest.

I have an awkward confession to make here: I don’t love Halcyon Digest. I have it, and I listen to it and I like it, I suppose, but I actually think it’s kind of spineless and slightly boring. All that guff about the tripped out psychedelic indie road music… mostly it’s just slow. Pleasant, you know, but… uneventful. Desire Lines is the perfect example. The chorus is full of terse, aimless lyrics ("Walking free, come with me, far away, everyday") that are delivered with a lazy air; each line punctuated with a half-arsed ‘woah-oh’. Musically, it plods; there’s nothing but atmosphere, and while the atmosphere is nice, we’ve heard it all from the shoegazer bands of the early nineties. I’m not trying to be difficult here, but sometimes the tide of popular opinion is murky and unfathomable.


Out now via 4AD/Remote Control