Deerhoof - Actually, You Can
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CD & CASSETTE EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: FRIDAY 22ND OCTOBER 2021
LP EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: FRIDAY 21ST JANUARY 2022
Over eighteen boundless albums as experimental as they are pop, Deerhoof have continuously quested for daring storytelling and radical sounds, creating a new shared language of revolution. On 2021's Actually, You Can, Deerhoof say tey “suddenly felt extra free and non-judgmental towards ourselves,” creating an album of ”baroque gone DIY.”
“We wanted our own working person’s version of highbrow, with all the operatic flourishes and twinkles and sparkles,” says drummer Greg Saunier. Actually, You Can is a genre-abundant record that uses technicolor vibrancy and arpeggiated muscularity to offer a vital shock from capitalism’s purgatorial hold. “In the United States now, to be a moral person means to be a criminal, whether it has to do with a general strike or forming a union or Black Lives Matter protests,” clarifies Saunier of the album’s countercultural embrace of liberation. “If you follow the rules, you’re guilty. That’s the spirit we were trying to express: an angelic prison bust, a glamorous prison bust.”
It’s a condemnation of America’s mundanity, replacing violence with the heartfelt power of mutualism. “Think of all the beauty, positivity and love that gets deemed ugly, negative and hateful by the self-proclaimed guardians of 'common sense.' We'd hardly be destroying society by dismantling their colonial economics and prisons and gender roles and aesthetics. We'd be creating it!”
With state lines and oceans separating band members, Deerhoof not only reinvented their sonic and thematic credo, but also their recording process. Deerhoof’s players are not strangers to home-recording their individual parts, and have long embraced composing via file trading. But 2020’s halt to touring kicked off their longest separation from playing together, foregrounding new priorities. As the group’s combined demos became increasingly layered, bassist and vocalist Satomi Matsuzaki put her foot down, insisting the new album should replicate concert energy. “We spent so much time imagining playing together in the process of recording, it’s almost like a false memory of us playing this music together,” Saunier marvels.
For Deerhoof’s members to continually uncover new corners of their own talent requires deep wells of gratitude, not only for each others’ creativity, but for the freedom their career affords. “If we have chemistry, part of it is that we don’t quite understand each other’s music,” jokes Saunier. But by embracing each other’s art with curiosity, Deerhoof authors a musical alphabet that continues to astound and inspire, a unique lexicon expanding limitlessly with each album. For new listeners and decades-long devotees, Deerhoof’s electrifying, generous approach to collaborative worldbuilding on Actually, You Can is an emboldening call to support our communities with renewed strength, infinite love, and the resilience to keep exploring.
Be Unbarred, O Ye Gates of Hell
Department of Corrections
We Grew, and We Are Astonished
Scarcity Is Manufactured
Ancient Mysteries, Described
Our Philosophy Is Fiction
Epic Love Poem
- US import
- LP pressed on 'chlorophyll' (olive green) coloured vinyl
- Features cover artwork by Paul Wackers
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