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Deerhoof play angular, art-damaged indie rock that sounds like a soft collision of Chicago guitar skronk, Yoko Ono abstraction and Raincoats sweetness. The lead-off track, "Dummy Discards Heart" inspires with its rare blend of happy vocals and dark guitar work that's like a peppy yet formal call for the sun to shine in some kinda surreal opera put on by five year-olds. The opener is a hard act to follow but the rest of the CD stays strong with a nice mix of quieter numbers like the ballad "Apple Bomb" and the uplifting strangeness of the more rocking "L'Amour Stories.” If Cub had have been jazz school dropouts with a voracious appetite for acid then they might have turned out something like Deerhoof. (Kill Rock Stars)