Deerhunter - Microcastle
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2008 Ratings: #9 / 758
Year End Rank: #5
User Score
Based on 452 ratings
2008 Ratings: #6
Liked by 10 people
August 19, 2008 / Release Date
LP / Format
Kranky, 4AD / Label
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The resulting 2xCD set captures urgent and imaginative songs that reorganize 4AD haze, off-kilter indie pop, crashing garage-punk, forward-leaning krautrock, and hypnotic Kranky ambience into a singular-sounding call-to-arms.

Deergaze is so cool
Classic. Just reminds you of the simple pure vibes of the '08 new wave of psychedelic pop and rock, but with the Deerhunter depth they'd become known for.
I can't help but still feel incredibly conflicted about this album, because while this is where deerhunter was at their creative peak, there are also its fair share of bland and uninteresting tracks on here as well unfortunately. But when it's good, oh man it's good.

The album kicks off super strong, "Agoraphobia" is one of those songs that I always think of when it comes to Deerhunter, that simple instrumentation and some shoegazey electronics alongside the very simple but ... read more
Weird thing about this album is how each track made some sort of impression within the first seconds.
Certainly hazier and more psych oriented than their latest stuff, very interesting to see the evolution now that I'm growing into their catalogue.
Very pretty and welcoming melodies, with a certain invinting melancholy. Leaves me wishing for a slightly more distorted and impactfull sound sometimes, although it does deliver a punch when it drives past the shoegaze avenue.

GO LISTEN TO: ... read more
A beautiful and dreamlike experience, the two opening tracks alone are enough to immediately hook you and make you fall in love with this thing.

Best Track: Agoraphobia
Worst Track: Calvary Scars
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Track List

  1. Cover Me (Slowly)
  2. Agoraphobia
  3. Never Stops
  4. Little Kids
  5. Microcastle
  6. Calvary Scars
  7. Green Jacket
  8. Activa
  9. Nothing Ever Happened
  10. Saved by Old Times
  11. Neither of Us, Uncertainly
  12. Twilight at Carbon Lake
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