Seen and heard at Festival Mondial de la Bière, with pics by Cindy Lopez and a report on the weekend from Nick Laugher.
It’s not quite pop music, but it’s Deerhoof‘s derelict and demented interpretation of it.
Breakup Song is the 12th album by the eccentric and highly experimental band, and it marks an abrupt about-face from their last effort.
Deerhoof Vs. Evil (2011) was all about indulging the ever-present band mantra of complete and jarring change. But with sullen, squawking mambo and glossy hooks, Breakup Song approaches the idea in swarming, skittering electro beats and groovy Latin pop. Swirling, jarring jabs of digital bit-crushing with freaky bossa-nova shuffles — it’s somehow all enveloped and coagulated in a supple soup of pop sensibility and heartbreak.