Brilliant, unsettling, murky dream-pop
Led by live wire singer/guitarist Bradford Cox, Atlanta post-punks Deerhunter have explored everything from Black Lips-style garage-rock to ambient drone to lo-fi psychedelia over the course of several EPs and three increasingly assured albums. Their fourth LP, 'Halcyon Digest,' might be their best to date. Deerhunter's sound has grown simultaneously murkier and more accessible, culminating in catchy but creepy dream-pop nuggets like the drugged-out "Helicopter" and "Don't Cry," an innocent-seeming ditty that, in Cox's slurred delivery, comes across like a child molester's come-on. Brilliant, unsettling stuff. The band headlined Webster Hall on Monday night.