Deerhunter’s Weird Era Cont. was more of a mixed bag than Microcastle, containing plenty of solo compositions by members of the band, but the highlight of both discs was Weird Era’s Vox Celeste. It’s not as complex as some Deerhunter songs, but maybe its beauty is in its simplicity. The hazy vocals and noisy guitars immediately call to mind My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, but My Bloody Valentine never had a bassline this energetic, and the vocals, though difficult to discern, seem passionate enough to give it a human quality missing from most shoegaze. Anyone fans of the genre upset by Kevin Shields’ unfulfilled promises for new material should be more than satisfied with Vox Celeste.
[Album: Microcastle/Weird Era Cont.]