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Kill Rock Stars

Rating: 8/10 ?

October 1, 2004
What a fucked up little album Deerhoof have created here. I've heard some whacked-out avant-garde stuff in my day, some great and some horrible, and I've never heard anything quite like Reveille's horrible greatness. It is a beast of its own, that much is true, a mish-mash of hebephrenic electronics and intense, boisterous drumming, the two key elements contrasting perfectly. All in all, it's gratingly gorgeous, lush and full of purpose, a true artistic expression.

In "The Eyebright Bugler", a brief pop blip on the noise radar, Satomi Matsuzaki switches from her usual Velvet Underground mode to mimic a young Michael Jackson squeaking out total gibberish with his usual innocence. Tracks like "No One Fed Me So I Stayed", which run under a minute and pepper the album, are pretty worthless to the rest of the world outside of their shock factor but manage to make the more conventional compositions, such as the following "Our Angel's Ululu", downright infectious.

With this, their third album for the venerable Kill Rock Stars label, Deerhoof have reportedly created their most approachable album yet. Some would say it's even accessible, but I don't think I'd go that far. The majority of the world is going to turn it's collective head to Reveille (not to mention their more obscure material) because, quite frankly, the majority of it isn't music. What it is is sound art, and for that it is rather inspired in that it maintains an edge while simultaneously remaining appealing. There are a number of tracks like "The Last Trumpeter Swan" and "Top Tim Rubies" that can stand on their own alongside the more mainstream Sonic Youth because of the patterns that are laid down and able to be grasped, but there are also the grating moments that come across about as clear as that crazy bastard down by the market on Saturday morning banging on random metal objects with no sense of rhythm. And then there are those brilliant stops in-between, like "All Rise" and the more extensive "Frenzied Handsome, Hello!".

Art, just as beauty, lies only in the eye - and ear - of the beholder. There is plenty of beauty inside of Reveille, which is ultimately undeniably charming, but like a proper nubile object of desire, Deerhoof aren't just going to up and give it to you. You're going to have to earn your pleasure with lovin' spoonfuls of planned nothingness which doesn't reference anything external, like a sonic inside joke. If outsiders have the patience, the more defined moments are worth being the butt of Deerhoof's insanity. Think of Reveille as the post-punk equivalent of Jackson Pollock's Portrait and a Dream and you won't be too far off track.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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