So the year is 2018 and there’s a highly limited, tour only, new album out there only available on cassette (yes you read that right), no streaming, no disc, and no vinyl. Yeah there was absolutely no way I wasn’t going to find a way to wrap my ears around this one. I’m not super familiar with Deerhunter but given the super rare, niche quality of the tape itself, I figure it’s not much related to their main discography anyways. Double Dream of Spring is very clearly experimental, with many of the songs sounding like demos more than fully realized songs. In fact, the first side is all instrumentals, leading to some beautifully ambient music. The second side, includes some lyrics, but it’s all just as sprawling as the first side – music without a clear purpose or message. But that’s not a bad thing here, as it all feels intentionally vague and avant-garde. Deerhunter have crafted an ambiguous collection of songs that serves as art as much as it does as music and there’s some great experimental stuff here but it’s definitely not for everyone.
O, Sabbath rest of Galilee!
O, calm of hills above
Where Jesus knelt to share with Thee
The silence of eternity
– “Serenity 1919 (Ives)”
Have you heard Double Dream of Spring? What’d you think about it? Was it too experimental for you? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to leave your own ratings and reactions for the album.