US - California - Full Moon 177 - 02/18/11
Deerhoof vs. Evil
ATP Recordings (UK) / Polyvinyl (US)
Deerhoof vs. Evil is the tenth album proper from the San Francisco
based art rock quartet. They still make music quite off the path most other
bands stroll. I had the pleasure of seeing them live
here in Oslo a year and a half ago, and it was really a night to remember.
Gig of the year, for sure. Let's check how they fight evil.
Greg Saunier (drums, synths), John Dieterich (guitars), Satomi Matsuzaki
(vocals, bass), and Ed Rodriguez (guitar) have somewhat left their wild and
playful style from former albums. Yet, here's still a
lot of playfulness and ideas seldom heard in modern alternative, cartoonish
avant pop music.
It's been nearly 2 1/2 years since their last album, Offend Maggie, so it's about time to put
out a new record. And it's just not any album. Like always with
Deerhoof, this is music for mind and body as a total - all the time, all the
way through. Expand your mind, extend your limbs. Inhale, exhale, see,
believe, listen, imagine, feel, touch, sense, smell, taste.
Deerhoof's got everything. Deerhoof is about musical culinary of the purest
kind. The songs "Behold a Marvel in the Darkness" and "Super Duper Rescue
Heads!" put Deerhoof on the right track, presenting twists
and turns, and all the unexpected, joyous stuff Deerhoof always bring on.
The Spanish influenced "No One Asked to Dance" is a delicious, gentle duel
between Satomi's voice and John's guitar. "Secret Mobilization"
is a way cool, calm, strolling rock song. So is "I Did Crimes for You". It's
so weird, how Deerhoof can get their songs to sound so relaxed, yet
pulsating with liveliness. When the closing "Almost Everyone,
Almost Always" fades out, you're about to chill out and have some meditative
relaxation, before diving into the album once more, once again. Over and
Deerhoof vs. Evil is another masterpiece by Deerhoof. They never
seem to fail or disappoint. Deerhoof create pop art. Pop and art. Strange
pop, fine art.
PS! There's a deluxe edition of vs. Evil holding two extra live cuts;
"Panda Panda Panda" off their album Appe O', and "You Can't Sit
Down", which is a cover of an early 1960s song also known from Disney
The Japanese release even includes two more tracks; "Flower" (also off
Apple O') and "Numina" (off Offend Maggie).
Copyright © 2011 Håvard Oppøyen