2019Deerhunter w/ Molly Nilsson, Apostille
MarchDoors 8pm, Show 8:30 - $25adv/ $28
Deerhunter's first album was a lo-fi experiment not initially intended for the wider world, but appeared in 2005 on a local Atlanta label, Stickfigure. Although officially untitled, it has since become known as Turn It Up, Faggot; a phrase that doesn't actually appear on the sleeve but is an insult that Cox claimed was often thrown at the band during their early gigs. Their next album, Cryptograms (2006), was generally considered to be their real debut and as such things started to get serious for the band. They had moved to fêted Chicago indie, Kranky (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Low, Stars Of The Lid), and the world outside was starting to pay attention.
Then in mid-2008, Deerhunter and Kranky signed a deal with 4AD, allowing them to finally release music outside the US and the band's next move was to prove epic in more than just musical terms.?? Recorded over the course of a week at the Rare Book Studios in Brooklyn, NY, the Can and Wire-inspired Microcastle (2008) was to propel them to further heights. However, the album leaked four months before release, leading the band back to the studio to record Weird Era Cont., an album in its own right added as a bonus disc to make Microcastle a 25-track colossus. Not content with such prolificacy, the band announced a new five track EP, Rainwater Cassette Exchange, in 2009 and that its release would coincide with the band's extensive European, Japanese and Australian tour in May and June.??
Displaying few signs of slowing down, Halcyon Digest, the band's fourth studio album was released in September 2010. Remaining in their native Georgia to piece together the album, Halcyon Digest took just a few weeks to complete. The recording sessions took place at Chase Park Transduction in Athens with Ben H. Allen helping to co-produce the album, while final track, 'He Would Have Laughed,' was recorded separately by Bradford Cox at NOTOWN SOUND in Marietta. To announce the release, the band fully embraced the DIY mindset of their New Wave heroes from the 70's and 80's with a Cox-designed, cut-and-paste Xeroxed flyer. It's with these kind of approaches that Deerhunter continue to widen their sphere of influence and impress with each subsequent release.
After a brief hiatus, during which time Bradford Cox and Lockett Pundt released their own albums as Atlas Sound and Lotus Plaza respectively, a new Deerhunter line-up (with additions of bassist Josh Mckay and guitarist Frankie Broyles) reconvened in January 2013 at Rare Book Studio in Brooklyn, New York. Produced by Nicholas Vernhes and Bradford Cox and recorded in the dead of night, Deerhunter's new longplayer Monomania will be released in May. Monomania finds the group recalling its scrappy punk aesthetic; a perfect nocturnal garage rock album full of the layered and hazy vintage guitar sounds that define them.
Her musical career began when she moved from her native Sweden to Berlin and switched from wanting to be a visual artist to making music. Her first album, 2008's These Things Take Time, was released on CD-R with only 500 copies made, then followed the next year by another album, the nine-song Europa. Still working by herself, and relatively quickly, she released a record a year on her own Dark Skies Association label (Follow the Light in 2010, History in 2012, and Travels in 2013, the latter co-released with Night School). Along the way, her profile was boosted when she and John Maus recorded a version of "Hey Moon" from These Things Take Time for his 2011 album, We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves. Always fond of traveling, Nilsson took a step out of her comfort zone recording-wise by heading to Argentina for two months, where she made Sólo Paraíso: The Summer Songs EP. The process of recording her next album proved to be a little more difficult, as she ended up scrapping a finished version after taking a hard look after her two-month break and realizing it wasn't quite the next step she wanted to take. In its place, she made the expansive Zenith, her most melodic, musically accomplished, and user-friendly album yet. It was released by Dark Skies Association and Night School in late 2015. She spent the next year touring the world, from Glasgow to Mexico, playing shows and absorbing new places and experiences. Night School reissued Follow the Light in early 2017; her seventh album, the musically expansive Imaginations, followed soon thereafter. Working quickly as always, she returned with her most focused, brightest record to date. Focused on her vision of the future and its challenges, both external and internal, Twenty Twenty was released in late 2018.