Deradoorian – The Expanding Flower Planet
True to its title, the debut LP from ex-Dirty Projectors member Angel Deradoorian is the proverbial grower. Give it time and its slithering creations of entangled percussion and ping-pong vocals will unfurl before your ears, peeling a little further back with each listen to reveal secret pleasures within.
Ranging from krautrock to the almost paganistic indie of Fleet Foxes and Grizzly Bear, Deradoorian’s arrangements are both wild and precise, understated and yet prone to suddenly explode. Take Violet Minded, which sounds like a chirpy chamber pop number until its vocal erupts into a multi-tracked choir of one, like a time lapse of rhododendrons bursting open.
Or there’s Grow, which turns from a sultry acoustic guitar strummer into a psychedelic flute freakout. Her voice belies the influence of fellow Slasher Flick, Avey Tare, his zig-zag phrasing and animalistic yelps enhancing its volatility. Exhilarating, hypnotic and sometimes even danceable, there’s no shaking this record off once it takes root. [Andrew Gordon]