Monday morning isn’t easy, but the right music can take the sting out of things. This is that music.
Atlanta art-rockers Deerhunter have announced their seventh studio album, Fading Frontier, and released a must-hear single, “Snakeskin.” The album is set for a mid-October release via 4AD and was recorded by founding members Bradford Cox, Lockett Pundt and Moses Archuleta, along with bassist Josh McKay. The band wrote the record in their down-South hometown, sharing production duties with long-time collaborator Ben H. Allen III. It will be Deerhunter’s first release since frontman Cox was hit by a car and hospitalized in December of 2014.
Fading Frontier will follow a tough act: Deerhunter’s dark, dirty and excellent 2013 album Monomania. However, a 4AD blurb promises the new album is “the band’s most complex yet accessible work to date,” typifying a shift “towards something strikingly balanced, focused on melody and texture,” and featuring guest appearances by members of Broadcast and Stereolab, as per Pitchfork. The Fading Frontier tracklist is as follows:
1. All The Same
2. Living My Life
4. Duplex Planet
5. Take Care
6. Leather and Wood
8. Ad Astra
“Breaker” is said to feature an enthralling, first-ever vocal duet between Cox and Pundt, while “Take Care” and “Leather and Wood” push the albums’ sound towards the darker end of the spectrum. Swaggering lead single “Snakeskin,” which got a bizarre, Cox-centric visual along with its release this morning, is described as “a sinister flirtation with minimalist funk,” and “Ad Astra” lauded as “one of the album’s most transcendent moments.” Consider us excited.
Fading Frontier is out on Oct. 16—preorder the album here. LP pre-orders come with a poster designed by Cox. Watch the “Snakeskin” clip and check out Deerhunter’s tour dates below.
Deerhunter Tour Dates
29 – Paris, France @ Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
30 – Brighton, England @ All Saints Church
31 – Liverpool, England @ Liverpool Music Week
1 – Dublin, Ireland @ Button Factory D
3 – Glasgow, Scotland @ SWG3
4 – Leeds, England @ Brudenell
6 – Manchester, England @ Gorilla
7 – London, England @ Shepherds Bush Empire
9 – Tourcoing, France @ La Mix
10 – Reims, France @ La Cartonerrie
11 – Nimes, France @ Paloma
12 – Milan, Italy @ Magnolia
13 – Bologna Italy @ Bronson
14 – Geneva, Switzerland @ L’usine
15 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Rote Fabrik
16 – Heidelberg, Germany @ Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof
18 – Berlin, Germany @ Lido
19 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega
21 – Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique Orangerie
22 – Utrecht, The Netherlands @ Le Guess Who Festival