Deerhoof – “Deerhoof vs Evil” – [Polyvinyl Record Company]
On Deerhoof vs. Evil, Deerhoof is clearly intent on getting you lost in their musical wilderness. The psychedelic rock quartet has devilish fun with their strong melodies contrasted against impassive vocals by Satomi Matsuzaki. Their music has a strong focus on the instrumental with an upbeat experimental rock style, and they can rock out with an aggressive segue. Deerhoof is an influential band, often cited as a musical influence by other bands such as Grizzly Bear. Deerhoof keeps true to their creative style while demonstrating that they have something for everybody. I enjoyed their crossover appeal songs, and great tracks such as I Did Crimes For You, Secret Mobilization, and Super Duper Rescue Heads! ward off the evil of blah music with a great balance of experimental and melodic.