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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.   Living My Life
  5.   Revival
  6.   Breaker
  7.   Nothing Ever Happened
  8.   He Would Have Laughed
  9.   Coronado
  10.   Game of Diamonds
  11.   Memory Boy
  12.   Agoraphobia
  13.   Vox Celeste
  14.   Hazel St
  15.   Cicadas
  16.   Basement Scene
  17.   Providence
  18.   All the Same
  19.   Saved By Old Times
  20.   Spring Hall Convert
  21.   Leather and Wood
  22.   Moon Witch Cartridge
  23.   VHS Dream
  24.   Cover Me (Slowly)
  25.   Dr. Glass
  26.   Wash Off
  27.   Tape Hiss Orchid
  28.   Ad Astra
  29.   Take Care
  30.   Sailing
  31.   Earthquake
  32.   Don't Cry
  33.   Famous Last Words
  34.   Vox Humana
  35.   Ghost Outfit
  36.   Operation
  37.   Twilight At Carbon Lake
  38.   Neither of Us, Uncertainly
  39.   Never Stops
  40.   Fluorescent Grey
  41.   Octet
  42.   Lake Somerset
  43.   White Ink
  44.   Cryptograms
  45.   Heatherwood
  46.   Little Kids
  47.   Snakeskin
  48.   Circulation
  49.   Carrion
  50.   Curve
  51.   Fountain Stairs
  52.   Rainwater Cassette Exchange
  53.   Green Jacket
  54.   Disappearing Ink
  55.   Weird Era
  56.   Focus Group
  57.   Calvary Scars
  58.   Calvary Scars II/Aux Out
  59.   Slow Swords
  60.   Red Ink
  61.   Backspace Century
  62.   Activa
  63.   Duplex Planet
  64.   Intro
  65.   Like New
  66.   Microcastle
  67.   Dot Gain
  68.   Strange Lights
  69.   N. Animals
  70.   Adorno
  71.   Tech School
  72.   Ponds
  73.   Language/Violence
  74.   Oceans
  75.   Basement
  76.   Young Layer
  77.   Death Drag
  78.   [CD-ROM Track]
  79.   After Class
  80.   Flourescent Grey
  81.   Primitive 3D
  82.   Nosebleed
  83.   Neon Junkyard
  84.   Leather Jacket II
  85.   The Missing
  86.   Pensacola
  87.   Dream Captain
  88.   Blue Agent
  89.   T.H.M.
  90.   Sleepwalking
  91.   Back to the Middle
  92.   Monomania
  93.   Nitebike
  94.   Punk (La Vie Antérieure)