Deerhunter – Fading Frontier

Album Review by Simon Jay Catling | 02 Oct 2015
  • Deerhunter – Fading Frontier
Album title: Fading Frontier
Artist: Deerhunter
Label: 4AD
Release date: 6 Oct

Two tracks into Faded Frontier and Deerhunter's Bradford Cox makes his intentions clear. 'I'm out of range,' he sighs over a looping refrain which reiterates, 'I'm living my life.' Gone is the artist who played an hour-long My Sharona in protest at a heckler, so too is the wig-wearing Connie Lungpin character who surfaced on 2013's Monomania campaign.

That record's abrasive protopunk felt like a culmination of frustration with, among other things, his body's ongoing battle with marfan syndrom and his sexuality; Faded Frontier in contrast is a slow release and a desire for solitude. The Broadcast-doffing opener All The Same (James Cargill also appears on Take Care) mentions a friend's dad changing his sex to find solace; Leather and Wood's skeletal piano meanders through a yawning, empty chasm; even the bright, funk-filled Snakeskin lets things go: "I lost my marbles all over the pink, pink cage," Cox laments over a cocksure strut, doing as he always has, looking back to progress. 

Playing Liverpool Music Week on 31 Oct; Glasgow SWG3 on 3 Nov; Leeds Brudenell Social Club on 4 Nov and Manchester Gorilla on 6 Nov http://4ad.com/artists/deerhunter