To say I’m excited about the upcoming Deerhoof album would be an understatement. I’ve always liked their work, but after the incredible pop explosion of last year’s Friend Opportunity I’m extremely curious to see where their creative trajectory is propelling them. While typically the bearers of beautiful noise, the title track from Offend Maggie is devoid of cacophony and full of delicate acoustic fingerpicking, flashes of intricate guitar-play, and soaring harmonies. Between this short little ditty and the awesome live version of album opener “The Tears and Music of Love”, it seems safe to say that Deerhoof will be delving deeper into their poppier-halves. I can’t wait.
Deerhoof is also planning to donate a portion of their digital sales for Offend Maggie to an organization designated by their fans. Decide between Why Tuesday?, FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting), Peace Action West, Z Magazine, or Doctors Without Borders and then vote for your choice. Just one vote per person, submissions will be accepted until October 1st and the selected organization will be announced on the album’s release date (October 7th). Deerhoof: +10 cool points.
Download: Deerhoof – Offend Maggie
Buy: Offend Maggie is available for pre-order from Kill Rock Stars. The first 500 come with sheet music (handwritten by the band) for the entire album!
Watch: Head over to Pitchfork.tv to check out the aforementioned video for “The Tears and Music of Love” (which has been on repeat for the past few days).