Deerhunter Fluorescent Grey

Deerhunter Fluorescent Grey
Beginning 2007 with what will be one of the year’s most celebrated albums, Cryptograms, the Atlanta-based Deerhunter have taken less than three months to follow it up. Sure, it’s an EP and it’s comprised of only four songs in 16 minutes but as its predecessor proved, they’re geniuses at working with endless space and Fluorescent Grey demonstrates that the five-piece can do the same in a short duration. The title track envelopes you in a tantalising wave of swirling reverb as singer Bradford Cox perfectly coaxes, whispering "patiently, patiently” before and after the flood. The pay-off is almost instant, giving an indication of what the EP offers. "Dr. Glass” possesses fewer layers and a simplicity that feels new, but even in these stripped down moments the band provide us with something substantial. "Like New” is almost criminal due to its meagre two-minute life but the melodies that soar through Cox’s vocals and the complementary wave of effects make it one of their most appealing moments yet. "Wash Off” feels most in line with Cryptograms, nearing six minutes, putting every second to good use. The apexes reach brief states of frenzied eruptions but the beauty of the song is how it never breaks out of its momentum, keeping a steadfast, motorik rhythm until its end. Of course, Fluorescent Grey doesn’t have the sprawling immensity that made Cryptograms such an accomplishment, but why should it? These are essentially leftovers from that recording session. Still, these will be cherished by anyone who loves their sophomore record. This EP proves that Deerhunter are on a roll, making some of the most entrancing music imaginable. (Kranky)