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August 10th, 2007

Deerhunter does Naturalismo


Photo by me

Paralleling this folk and psychedliec Naturalismo/New Weird America resurgence has increasingly been a reconnection with that dirty and experimental sound of the progressive bands of the 1960’s such as the Velvet Underground or the Troggs. Deerhunter seems to tap into the more ethereal parts of late 50’s doo wop while burying their melodies under layers of Velvet drone. Friends the Black Lips completely nail that who gives a fuck attitude of the MC5 or Stooges and their song writing shows it. Miles away from the poseuring of the mid-late nineties garage rock movement, the Black Lips seem to tap into the genre convincingly enough that they don’t sound retro. Earlier this week Bradford Cox of Deerhunter posted on his website that he would be answering his favorite questions submitted to him throughout the day. In several interviews I had read of his fondness for 50’s doo wop and 1960’s avant garde rock as being his biggest influences. After I submitted the following question to him, he responded by putting together an awesome mix for you to download:

I’ve heard you mention a lot that you’re influenced by doo wop and cite a host of 60’s bands as influences on your sound. What are some of your favorite albums from that late 50’s period and 1960’s? Are their any particular songs that you continue to go back to as sources of inspiration or just general liking of them?

B: That’s an excellent question and in response to it I have prepared this mixtape for you guys of the type of music we’re talking about here..

1. Joe meek – valley of the saroos
2. the falcons – you’re so fine
3. the honeys – he’s a doll
4. everly brothers – man with money
5. the chantels – maybe
6. wendy rene – after laughter (comes tears)
7. cookies – wounded
8. elvis presely – blue moon
9. velvet underground – i’ll be your mirror
10. phil phillips – sea of love
11. kitty lester – love letters
12. link wray – boo hoo
13. dusty springfield – i only want to be with you
14. roy orbison – in dreams

Download the mix here: Atlas Sound Presents: Microvibe Mix #1.mp3

That Phil Phillips song “Sea of Love” appeared on the highly downloaded/succesful outing Yo si oigo | Devendra Banhart’s influences comp I put together a few months ago. Also on this mix is a song that narrowly didn’t make the cut on the album, Elvis Presley’s “Blue Moon,” not that big of a fan of Elvis, but this song is harrowingly beautiful and reminds me a bit of Devendra’s earlier stuff. Come to think of it, his new song “So long old bean” actually has a very similar feel to it.

The ask a question post on Deerhunter’s website has turned into a full blown cover album project of which two tracks have recently been made available:

lockett pundt (of Deerhunter) – blue bayou.mp3

Atlas Sound (Deerhunter) – Beginning to See the Light (Velvet Underground Cover).mp3

Also a track from their upcoming album described as wanting”to create a song that had the melodramatic sadness of old everly brothers or righteous brothers songs but have the dissonance and catharsis of early velvet undergroun.” Sounds about right. It kind of has a Tommy James and the Shondells meets Les Rallizes Denudes feel to it.

Atlas Sound (Deerhunter) – Twilight at Carbon lake

To get acquainted:

[download] The Black LipsBoomerang

[download] DeerhunterStrange Lights


  1. Thanks for those! If you’re interested, I posted a vid of Deerhunter on my video blog here:

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