Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Based on 32 reviews
2010 Ratings: #21 / 854
Year End Rank: #8
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Based on 547 ratings
2010 Ratings: #3
September 28, 2010 / Release Date
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4AD / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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No Ripcord

Halcyon Digest goes by like a breeze, and when it’s finished there’s nothing better to do than play it again.


Halcyon Digest is a record about the joy of music discovery, the thrill of listening for the first time to a potential future favorite, and that sense of boundless possibility when you're still innocent of indie-mainstream politics and your personal canon is far from set.

A.V. Club

On Halcyon Digest, Cox’s two halves finally meet in the middle on a collection of grabby pop songs sung by a witty weirdo with newly discovered sex appeal.

Drowned in Sound

Yet I think conversely it’s Cox’s inability to totally connect to an audience that makes him such a spectacularly special songwriter.

Tiny Mix Tapes

As difficult as it might be to find fresh plaudits with which to laud Deerhunter, they continue to deserve every single redundant bit of acclaim.


Halcyon Digest is a triumph of multilayered nuance, and repeated listens reveal its genius buried just beyond the obvious.


It’s not as immediate as previous Deerhunter albums, but Halcyon Digest has an appeal all its own: It’s as difficult to grasp -- and as hard to shake -- as a memory lingering at the back of your brain.

American Songwriter

While most of the songs on the album are propelled forward by primal stomp-clap rhythms, the four-piece band from Atlanta, Georgia still manages to create its share of musical variation. 


Halcyon Digest is, to my mind, the best we’ve seen from Deerhunter, and a hint that their best is still to come.

this may not be a perfect album but emotions take control with albums like this. It's kinda like with After Laughter/Paramore in general for anyone who knows me. I see the flaws but the attachment I have to the music lets me completely overlook them. Baically, yeah, stan, bye.
i obviously enjoyed this way more than i thought i would've. despite from an iffy beginning this album grew on me straight away. it felt more indie/shoegaze-y than i anticipated. i stupidly had not done my research as i assumed it was going to be some ambient, very instrumental based album which takes me a while to get used to but this was great.
it sort of reminds me of deathconsciousness by have a nice life (let me remind you i gave it a 100). maybe its the vocals or the instrumentals but the ... read more
Many artists have tried their hand at inter-genre instrumental experimentation within an album. Never has a rock full-length that tries to accomplish this sound so cohesive as Halcyon Digest. From the bagpipe-esque wails of "Memory Boy" to the melodic saxophone on "Coronado" to the plucked strings of "Helicopter", Deerhunter's instrumentation not only surprises but creates a sense of glee unto itself.
It took me a while to realise just how perfect this album is, truly the greatest Indie Rock release of the 2010's
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Track List

  1. Earthquake 
  2. Don't Cry 
  3. Revival 
  4. Sailing 
  5. Memory Boy 
  6. Desire Lines 
  7. Basement Scene 
  8. Helicopter 
  9. Fountain Stairs 
  10. Coronado 
  11. He Would Have Laughed

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