One listen can change everything. I just never understood Deerhunter before I heard Halcyon Digest. Their ideas seemed to disparate, never quite melodic enough to hook me, not experimental enough to be artistically interesting – that binary ruled my thinking of them. But once I’d heard a whole album, really got a feeling for what they try to do consistently, it all came together.
‘Nothing Ever Happened’ from Microcastle just never got under my skin before, but once I saw the scope of the band’s desire and relistened to it today, it made perfect sense. The almost imperceptible mutations from the bass-heavy British post punk sound of the intro to the Pavement-indebted indie rock of the middle into the not-quite-experiment but not-quite-refrain of the finale bowled me over, and I’ve been listening to it all evening, trying and failing to work out just how they’ve done it. It just needed time.