“How do you describe an album out of time, concerned with the disappearance of culture, of humanity, of nature, of logic and emotion? Why make this album in an era when attention spans have been reduced to next to nothing, and the tactile grains of making music have been further reduced to algorithms and projected playlist placement. Why wake up in the morning? Why hasn’t everything already disappeared?” State Deerhunter about the creation of their latest album, Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?, the first album from the band since 2015’s Fading Frontier. A temperamental and cynical record, that sees Deerhunter try to emulate America’s newest heroes such as DIIV and The National, Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? brings Deerhunter straight up-to-date with their contemporaries.
It’s been a while since Deerhunter’s last album, Fading Frontier – three years to be exact – but the band finally look like returning with a new album. Having released a tour-only cassette, limited to only 300 copies which sold-out instantly, they hit Brighton’s Concorde 2 – as part of a tour which sees them travel across Europe, to play at festivals such as Best Kept Secret, Northside, Sideways and Primavera. The band, reset with some new members, showcased some new music, as well as some old favourites in a sweltering, very intimate showcase of what the band does best. As a live indie band, you’d be hard pressed to find one more entertaining than Deerhunter, and this feels like the dawning of a new era for the Atlanta-based band.