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Album of the Day: Deerhoof

Posted in Music, Of the Day with tags , , , , , , , on 2 October, 2008 by Ally

Deerhoof - Offend Maggie (Kill Rock Stars, 2008)

Sorry to molest you with music once again on what is ostensibly a cinema blog, but I can’t control myself when it comes to Deerhoof. Their new album Offend Maggie is out on Monday in the UK, but I was lucky enough to receive my pre-ordered CD and LP copies in the post today. I’m on my second listen already, and these are my barely-formed thoughts on the matter.

Firstly, I should say that I’m exactly the sort of person who would love Deerhoof. And I do love them. I love their restless nature, the way they mix chaos and sweetness, the way they make occasionally awkward ideas feel like they belong – like the hyperactive little brother you can’t imagine life without. Satomi Matsuzaki’s distinctive voice is the source of much of Deerhoof’s sweetness, singing cuddly melodies in a blend of English and her native Japanese. She makes me want to hug something. Preferably her. Greg Saunier apparently plays drums by trying to forget that he knows how to play them. That’s not some kind of witty remark, he genuinely does that! The resultant sound is often loose and hectic, but somehow he always pulls it back from the brink of disaster. With each album they seem to get progressively more accessible, but not in a way that disappoints muso snobs. They always have and always will sound like themselves, no matter what they turn their hooves to. Continue reading