Behold A Marvel In The Darkness

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ATP Recordings

About this item

2nd single from ‘Deerhoof vs. Evil’ available on 7” vinyl picture disc limited to 500 copies.
The b-side features two live tracks from the album ‘Milk Man’ performed at The Flaming Lips curated ATP I in New York in 2009, ‘Giga Dance’ and ‘Milking’, the latter featuring Kliph Scurlock of The Flaming Lips.

“Deep dub FX launch Behold A Marvel In The Darkness into ionospheric orbit” - UNCUT
“’ll keep returning to Vs Evil for it’s winningly alien hooks, it’s pop moments: the gossamer delight of Behold A Marvel In The Darkness (with Matsuzaki’s starkly affecting chorus of, “What is this thing called love?”)…” – MOJO

?Having formed in 1994, Deerhoof is now that fateful age and by rites it's the band's turn to go out and challenge the world. The same way a rebellious adolescent turns tough and irrational, Greg Saunier, Ed Rodriguez, John Dieterich, and Satomi Matsuzaki just up and split from San Francisco, the only home they've ever known as a band, and left behind all notions of what a "Deerhoof record sounds like."

The result is 'Deerhoof vs. Evil' (the band’s 11th album!). The musical equivalent of hormones raging out of control, it explodes out of the speakers with its gawky triumph and inflamed sentimentality. These are songs thatpractically demand that you dance and sing along (however elastic the rhythms, or abrupt the melodies). Right from “Qui Dorm, Només Somia” (sung in Catalan), it's evident that Deerhoof aren't afraid to take chances (critics be damned).?Ironically the result is polished, blissfully exuberant, and huge-sounding. Going DIY meant freedom to reinvent themselves, playing each others' instruments, altering those instruments so drastically as to be unrecognisable, (those aren't Joanna Newsom or Konono No. 1 samples, those are John and Ed's guitars), and generally splashing their sonic colours into the most unexpected combinations.

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