The Fawn Becomes A Deer
Deerhoof released seven albums before they got to Friend Opportunity, what appears to be a record spawned out of the benefit of hindsight. Their last record, The Runners Four, was undoubtedly the bandâ€šÃ„Ã´s crowning achievement in 2005. Friend Opportunity takes the formula Deerhoof created with their previous recordings and improves on it.Milk Manâ€šÃ„Ã´s title track was once the bandâ€šÃ„Ã´s greatest pop melody but Friend Opportunityâ€šÃ„Ã´s â€šÃ„ÃºBelieve E.S.P.,â€šÃ„Ã¹ â€šÃ„ÃºThe Perfect Me,â€šÃ„Ã¹ â€šÃ„ÃºThe Galaxist,â€šÃ„Ã¹ and â€šÃ„ÃºMatchbook Seeks Maniacâ€šÃ„Ã¹ all match or surpass it in catchiness and originality. Each treads the fine line between being a pop song flavored with noise-rock experimentation and a noise pretending to have a pop structure. Whichever way each song goes, the result is confusing yet fascinating. One of Friend Opportunityâ€šÃ„Ã´s more tonally diverse tracks, â€šÃ„ÃºCast Off Crown,â€šÃ„Ã¹ even features the refreshing and underused male voice of drummer Greg Saunier.
ame Deerhoof often partners a melodic track with one that harkens back to their noisier â€šÃ„Ã²90s. â€šÃ„ÃºWither the Invisibleâ€šÃ„Ã¹ is a soft song on which singer Satomi Matsuzaki is beautifully accompanied by just a piano and an orchestral background; â€šÃ„ÃºLook Awayâ€šÃ„Ã¹ seems as though it is recorded by an entirely different group ferociously bashing on their instruments with sporadic interruptions for 11 minutes while Matsuzaki babbles unintelligibly.
ame Deerhoof are as groundbreaking aesthetically as they are musically. Friend Opportunity has 12 covers within its packaging by Scottish artist David Shrigley. During the time of vinyl LPs, album art was a hugely important part of a record. Now, in the digital downloading age, take Deerhoofâ€šÃ„Ã´s bait and actually go to a record store to pick up Friend Opportunity in hard copy.