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