Album Stream: Deerhunter - Monomania

Deerhunter Monomania

We've been insanely excited about Deerhunter's fifth record Monomania since the band gave us the cryptic-but-compelling designator "nocturnal garage" to refer to it when it was first announced, and we've been even more excited since they debuted the (awesome) title track in grand style on Jimmy Fallon. Thanks to NPR, who are streaming Monomania two weeks in advance of its physical release date, we're pleased to report that the rest of the record lives up to our hopes. There aren't many referents here to Deerhunter's back catalog, but that's a really, really good thing - Bradford Cox snarls his way through smart, cutting lyrical jabs over some of the most memorable riffs of the band's career ("Leather Jacket II," "Monomania") and/or excellent updates on the haunting, percolating instrumentals you've come to know and love ("Blue Agent," "T.H.M.," "Punk") and/or long-lost Strokes songs ("Back to the Middle"). Bottom line - this record is great. Check it out - it's out physically on May 7.