Future Teenage Cave Artists

Deerhoof - Future Teenage Cave Artists
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2020 Ratings: #292 / 809
User Score
Based on 273 ratings
2020 Ratings: #619
Liked by 12 people
May 29, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Joyful Noise / Label
Art Pop / Genres
deerhoof.net / Website
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Loud and Quiet

Future Teenage Cave Artists is the kind of album that only a band like this can pull off. Managing to be both a continuation of and a departure from the lo-fi trajectory of Mountain Moves and The Magic, the sounds here are more polished and refined.


If Future Teenage Cave Artists is the only cultural artifact left behind in an apocalypse, future generations will at least have an interesting scripture to use to rebuild.

Northern Transmissions

With a reliance more on eliciting an emotional response than showing off any production expertise, the album is typical of peak Deerhoof. Uncompromising, challenging and above all, a complete freaking delight.


As disorienting as Future Teenage Cave Artists gets, it packs a potent emotional wallop. There's as much empathy as frustration in its songs, particularly when Saunier sings lead.

Spill Magazine

Bigger may be better, but Future Teenage Cave Artists serves a wonderful reminder: there’s magic to be found when you instead go back to basics.

The Needle Drop

Deerhoof's new concept album is as fun as apocalyptic surrealism can be.


Art-pop noisekins in resurgent form.


This might be Deerhoof’s first overt concept album, but in every other regard, it fits comfortably into their well-worn blueprint.


It’s another strong album from a band whose sheer continued existence (and refusal to bend to conventional recording standards) often feels like a triumph of absurdity in the face of encroaching hopelessness.


On Future Teenage Cave Artists, they’ve reverted back to their core line up, and dialled up the strangeness, to produce a restlessly energetic record that’s constantly shifting in mood and tempo.


The music shows it carries its own meaning, and demands a replay to make sense of the nonsense.

Spectrum Culture

These are dark and unspeakable times, and it feels comforting to have a band so consistent serve up great, weird noise-pop as a way to make the darkness feel less uncertain.


Album number 16 find the band ... as fascinated as ever by the blurry slideshow of history. They’ve also made one of their sharpest-sounding records in at least a decade.

You know that one scene from Spongebob where both Spongebob and Pearl are finding names to replace the Krusty Krab and Spongebob’s ideas gets more bizarre with every name? Yeah, this album gave me those vibes
Deerhoof is one of those acts whose music has always intrigued me but never fully caught my attention enough to dig deeper. I've only ever listened to their 2005 release The Runners Four, which is perhaps even more outrageous than Future Teenage Cave Artists, which is unbelievably their fifteenth studio album.

This shouldn't lead you into their newest record expecting something tame, as this is far from the case. Future Teenage Cave Artists is just about as eclectic as indie rock music comes, ... read more
A rough and raw set of tracks that feel so disjointed and stitched together in all the right ways.

Best Track: Fraction Anthem
Worst Track: O Ye Saddle Babes
As a fan of a fair bit of Deerhoof’s older material, I found this pretty uninteresting. All of the eccentricities on past projects that had a lot of appeal to me seem to have vanished here, leading to a rather bland and awkward sounding rock album.

Standout: “Farewell” Symphony
Favs: Future Teenage Cave Artists, Damaged eyes squinting into the beautiful overhot sun
Least fav: The loved one
Unfocused and disjointed, Future Teenage Cave Artists comes off more as a slightly disturbing/mostly annoying collection of nursery rhymes than a post apocalyptic concept album. Repeated listens don't help

Standouts: I Call on Thee

Dropouts: Sympathy for the Baby Boo, The Loved One, O Ye Saddle Babes, New Orphan Asylum for Spirited Deerchildren, Zazeet, "Farewell" Symphony, Reduced Guilt
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Track List

  1. Future Teenage Cave Artists
  2. Sympathy for the Baby Boo
  3. The Loved One
  4. O Ye Saddle Babes
  5. New Orphan Asylum for Spirited Deerchildren
  6. Zazeet
  7. Fraction Anthem
  8. "Farewell" Symphony
  9. Reduced Guilt
  10. Damaged Eyes Squinting into the Beautiful Overhot Sun
  11. I Call on Thee

Year End Lists

#44/The Needle Drop
#66/The Quietus
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Added on: March 25, 2020