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Deerhunter are an experimental noise rock band from Atlanta, fronted by the compellingly odd singer Bradford Cox. Cox's vocal style blends vocal experimentation along the lines of Meredith Monk or Yoko Ono with a more direct and punky howl inspired by the Fall's Mark E. Smith. Cox is also a striking on-stage presence: the exceedingly skinny 6'4" lead singer has Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder of the connective tissue that gives him abnormally long and spindly limbs. (The late Joey Ramone was another well-known frontman with Marfan syndrome.) Cox often exaggerates his otherworldly look by performing in Victorian-style party frocks and engaging in Iggy Pop-style acts of ritual self-abasement while his bandmates churn out an aggressive mix of industrial-grind guitars and fractured dance rhythms that often recalls earlier Georgia art punks like the Method Actors and Pylon. Deerhunter were formed in 2001 by Cox and drummer and keyboardist Moses Archuleta; guitarists Colin Mee and Lockett Pundt and bassist Josh Fauver completed the lineup over the following years. Deerhunter signed with the local Atlanta indie Stickfigure Records for their 2005 debut: nominally untitled, the album is also known as "Turn It Up, Faggot" (a phrase that doesn't appear on the sleeve), an insult that Cox claimed was often thrown at the band during its gigs. Deerhunter then signed to the higher-profile indie Kranky (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, etc.) for their second album, Cryptograms, as well as the EP Fluorescent Grey. Mee left Deerhunter and was replaced by former cheerleader Whitney Petty. The band recorded its third album, Microcastle, at New York City's Rare Book Room studio; the album was released digitally two months before it arrived on CD in fall 2008; like Fluorescent Grey, it found Brad Cox and company moving in a more pop-oriented direction. Deerhunter toured extensively on the indie festival circuit, but took a break in 2010 to record their fourth album, Halcyon Digest, in their home base of Athens, Georgia. Fauver left Deerhunter before they began recording their fifth full-length, but new bassist Josh McKay and additional guitarist Frankie Broyles joined the fold in January 2013 for the recording sessions, which resulted in that May's Monomania, which had a much rougher, looser sound than the band had exhibited in some time. The band performed at that year's All Tomorrow's Parties in Camber Sands, England, playing the entirety of Cryptograms, Microcastle, and Halcyon Digest during the three-day festival. In December 2014, Cox was hit by a car and hospitalized for his injuries; fortunately, he recovered and Deerhunter continued work on their next album. Fading Frontier, which featured collaborations with Stereolab's Tim Gane and Broadcast's James Cargill as well as a duet between Cox and Pundt, arrived in October 2015. ~ Stewart Mason
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  2.   Helicopter
  3.   Desire Lines
  4.   Revival
  5.   Nothing Ever Happened
  6.   He Would Have Laughed
  7.   Coronado
  8.   Memory Boy
  9.   Game of Diamonds
  10.   Agoraphobia
  11.   Heatherwood
  12.   Twilight At Carbon Lake
  13.   Spring Hall Convert
  14.   Famous Last Words
  15.   Tape Hiss Orchid
  16.   Rainwater Cassette Exchange
  17.   Wash Off
  18.   Weird Era
  19.   Little Kids
  20.   Focus Group
  21.   Basement Scene
  22.   Cryptograms
  23.   Fountain Stairs
  24.   Disappearing Ink
  25.   Calvary Scars II/Aux Out
  26.   Vox Celeste
  27.   Dot Gain
  28.   Activa
  29.   Cover Me (Slowly)
  30.   Lake Somerset
  31.   Hazel St
  32.   Slow Swords
  33.   Calvary Scars
  34.   White Ink
  35.   Curve
  36.   Don't Cry
  37.   Operation
  38.   Dr. Glass
  39.   Cicadas
  40.   Like New
  41.   Intro
  42.   VHS Dream
  43.   Vox Humana
  44.   Ghost Outfit
  45.   Green Jacket
  46.   Microcastle
  47.   Strange Lights
  48.   Providence
  49.   Never Stops
  50.   Circulation
  51.   Red Ink
  52.   Backspace Century
  53.   Octet
  54.   Moon Witch Cartridge
  55.   Neither of Us, Uncertainly
  56.   Fluorescent Grey
  57.   Sailing
  58.   Saved By Old Times
  59.   Earthquake
  60.   N. Animals
  61.   Adorno
  62.   Tech School
  63.   Ponds
  64.   Language/Violence
  65.   Oceans
  66.   Basement
  67.   Young Layer
  68.   Death Drag
  69.   [CD-ROM Track]
  70.   After Class
  71.   Flourescent Grey
  72.   Primitive 3D
  73.   Nosebleed
  74.   Neon Junkyard
  75.   Leather Jacket II
  76.   The Missing
  77.   Pensacola
  78.   Dream Captain
  79.   Blue Agent
  80.   T.H.M.
  81.   Sleepwalking
  82.   Back to the Middle
  83.   Monomania
  84.   Nitebike
  85.   Punk (La Vie Antérieure)
  86.   All the Same
  87.   Living My Life
  88.   Breaker
  89.   Duplex Planet
  90.   Take Care
  91.   Leather and Wood
  92.   Snakeskin
  93.   Ad Astra
  94.   Carrion