Over eighteen boundless albums as experimental as they are pop, Deerhoof has continuously quested for daring storytelling and radical sounds, creating a new shared language of revolution. 2020’s Future Teenage Cave Artists explored fairytale visions of post-apocalypse, welding intrinsic melodies with absurdist digital recording methods. Its sequel Love-Lore, a live covers medley, channeled futurist mid-century artists—Parliament, Sun Ra and Stockhausen, to name a handful— into a patchwork love letter to the anti-authoritarian expressions that inspire the band.
“We suddenly felt extra free and non-judgmental towards ourselves,” says drummer Greg Saunier of their audience’s enthusiastic reception to these records. Feeling galvanized by the challenge of unifying many styles of music, Deerhoof landed on their next record’s concept: DIY baroque. “We wanted our own working person’s version of highbrow, with all the operatic flourishes and twinkles and sparkles,” says Saunier. Deerhoof set to scheming, using their agility, wit, and outlandishness to create this exuberant ode to unexpected growth.
- Be Unbarred, O Ye Gates of Hell
- Department of Corrections
- We Grew, and We Are Astonished
- Scarcity Is Manufactured
- Ancient Mysteries, Described
- Plant Thief
- Our Philosophy Is Fiction
- Epic Love Poem
- Divine Comedy