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April 15, 2012
- Deerhunter - Memory Boy (Reviewed by Trahearne Falvey)
The second single taken from the Atlanta band’s immensely impressive fourth studio album, ‘Memory Boy’ is a simple but excellent two minute jangly pop song and lyrically, an elegant exploration of Bradford Cox’s usual themes: nostalgia and absence.
What’s it sound like?
Cox creates a bare, honest and therefore brutally sad vignette out of snippets of a memory, just tiny details like ‘the smell of loose leaf’ and the forgetting of a TV. It’s so skilfully, subtly done; the song never degenerates into sentimentality and, like all the best writers, Cox paints images and hints at emotions, rather than telling the listener what is going on.
The C86-inspired, triumphant sounding guitar riff means ‘Memory Boy’ is of the more accessible Deerhunter songs, the perfect portal into the band’s back catalogue for newcomers.
What’s the final verdict?
A shoegaze-influenced pop song of real quality and a highlight of the superb Halcyon Digest, Deerhunter deliver yet again.
Words by Trahearne Falvey
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