Deerhunter finds new lease on life on triumphant Fading Frontier

Andy Downing, Columbus Alive

"I believe we can die," sings Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox in the midst of the Atlanta band's remarkable seventh album,Fading Frontier. "I believe we can live again."

While the singer has long disavowed any autobiographical element in his lyrics, it's difficult not to trace this exchange to the December 2014 accident where Cox was hospitalized after being struck by a car, an incident that sent the musician into a tailspin of depression and left him feeling reclusive for a stretch. "I would like to avoid physical pain and illness and mind my own business and have peace and quiet," he toldRolling Stonein August.

Fittingly, the band's warm, comforting new album offers plenty of room for reflection, reigning in some of its artier, occasionally off-putting tendencies in favor of dreamy, loosely psychedelic guitar burners that ooze heart. As Cox puts it on one triumphant tune, "You should take your handicaps/ Channel them and feed them back/ Till they become your strengths," which is solid advice no matter your station.

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