Deerhunter, Fading Frontier LP
Fading Frontier is the new studio album by Deerhunter, the record was made by founding members Bradford Cox, Lockett Pundt, Moses Archuleta, and bassist Josh McKay. Written in their hometown of Atlanta, GA, production duties were shared by the band and Ben H. Allen III, continuing a collaboration that began with 2010's Halcyon Digest. Following the death-rattle garage catharsis of Monomania, the group have shifted towards something strikingly balanced, focused on melody and texture. The songs are brighter; if not in content, then in the album's production. Starkness plays against clutter in what is the band's most complex yet accessible work to date. Fading Frontier shows that a decade in, Deerhunter has lost none of it's intensity. As the group matures, so they have grown into the most consistent purveyors of art-rock of their generation.