Surging into new ground while retaining elements of their classic sound...

With their last album 'Fading Frontier', Deerhunter found themselves at their most accessible to date. Now with 'Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?' - and all clichés aside - this was a mere stepping-stone for even greater things to come.

From the rich harpsichords on 'Death In Midsummer', to the luscious instrumentation on 'What Happens To People?' and 'Plains', Deerhunter sound absolutely fantastic production-wise. Most notably on 'No One's Sleeping', with its sonic collage of Americana, brass and psych, the quintet sound more vivid and distinct with every listen.

That's not to say there aren't moments reminiscent of classic Deerhunter. 'Détournement' is wonderfully strange, whilst the synth-heavy instrumental 'Greenpoint Gothic' and magnificent album highlight 'Nocturne' will please fans of old. Most importantly, what ties it all together is that it is so unmistakably Deerhunter without sacrificing any of their mythos or crucial genetic makeup. And we sure can't find any fault with that.

9/10

Words: Liam Egan

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