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Deerhoof – Breakup Songs

Tuesday 11th September / posted by Chris Wheeldon

Review by Anetta Nevin

Lost & Lonesome

To anyone who has not experienced Deerhoof before, their sound is chaotic and percussion driven. The chaos is broken, and danced around with Satomi Matsuzaki’s sharp and dreamy vocals, which are childlike in her delivery.

Breakup Song is Deerhoof’s 11th studio album, and they’re spot on when they describe their sound as pop – being catchy, new, and abiding by no rules. This album is hyperactive, rhythmic and cathartic. Focused on the theme of a breakup, the songs on this album avoid the Hollywood drama and focus on the freedom and liberation of a relationship ending.

‘To Fly Or Not To Fly’ is a standout from this album. It opens with the dark swirls of synths and a stomping dirge of a beat. This track takes a darker moments pause from the comparative brightness of the rest album. It’s this sharp contrast that makes it so striking.

Breakup Song sounds like an elephant on a trampoline in a rain of confetti and fireworks. It’s chaotic and beautiful, and it probably shouldn’t work but it does and that makes it all the more interesting!

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