Deerhoof – Breakup Song

January 01, 1970



In many ways, Breakup
is trademark Deerhoof. Infectious and celebratory in its
claustrophobic cacophony, the songs jump from varying rhythms and soundscapes
deftly and quickly. From the opening crunch and danceable stomp of the title
track, “Breakup Song,” the band marches delightfully forward, laying back and
grooving tightly on “There’s That Grin”, hurtling towards album’s
midpoint-where Breakup Song takes a
wonderfully satisfying turn.


The haunting “Mothball the Fleet” is by far the highlight of
the album. Chiming guitar trills enter, soon giving way to tense verses where
Satomi Matsuzaki gradually builds her voice into a beautifully airy chorus that
easily serves as the album’s greatest and most memorable moment. This leads to
the outstanding “Flower,” with melancholy keys weave behind a sneakily funky
rhythm. Here, Matsuzaki begins with her voice in the clouds, singing “Flower,
flower…” before returning to earth, insisting “Let it go, leave it all behind”
with sing-song charm.


The inundation of sounds soon returns, as a wall of noise
soon rises in the form of “To Fly or Not to Fly,” with its booming rhythm and
slashing guitars, followed by the brassy jaunt of “The Trouble with Candyhands”
and the dexterous bounce of “We Do Parties.”


is an electric, ultra-fun, frenetic carnival; but, it is most satisfying in its
quieter, more spacious moments.


DOWNLOAD: “Mothball the Fleet,” “Flower” -NICK

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