Page 8 of 9
click to enlarge
Cynically, you could say Halcyon Digest
is the Deerhunter record for people who don't really like Deerhunter. It doesn't have any of the reckless noise or sudden genre-hopping of their previous work and, relatively speaking, it's not even a particularly difficult
album to listen to. In fact, it's a downright, unabashed pleasure. On Halcyon Digest
, Bradford Cox hasn't so much refined his songwriting—the songs, at their core, have always been there—as he has more carefully chosen the things he uses to build them up. We get gentle, swaying atmospherics and nicely winding psychedelia, as well as floppy 60s pop and even rickety 70s singer-songwriter fare, all deployed with astonishing expertise. Cox is still preoccupied with memory, loneliness and death, of course, and he's proven more adept than ever at making those things sound not only bearable but beautiful.
Key Track: "Revival"