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Studio Album, released in 2023

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Sit Down, Let Me Tell You a Story. (2:05)
2. My Lovely Cat! (4:24)
3. The Poignant Melody (2:26)
4. Everybody, Marvel (4:09)
5. Jet-Black Double-Shield (1:54)
6. Miracle-Level (3:13)
7. And the Moon Laughs (2:41)
8. The Little Maker (3:13)
9. Phase-Out All Remaining Non-Miracles by 2028 (3:22)
10. Momentary Art of Soul (5:07)
11. Wedding, March, Flower (3:10)

Total Time 35:44

Line-up / Musicians

- John Dieterich / guitar, bass (11)
- Satomi Matsuzaki / bass, vocals, drums (11)
- Ed Rodriguez / guitar, drums (6)
- Greg Saunier / drums, vocals, piano, organ
- First Regiment of the Zumiko Sakumura Brass Band / horns (10)

Releases information

Joyful Noise - JNR429
Released March 31, 2023

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Review by siLLy puPPy
4 stars One of San Francisco's most unclassifiably bizarre bands that has been cranking out the indie noise rock / arty math pop and experimental creativity since 1994, DEERHOOF continues to bedazzle its fanbase with one strangely alienating yet awesomely alluring album after another and now in 2023 we are treated to the band's 18th album MIRACLE-LEVEL which has been released on the appropriately named Joyful Noise label.

Anyone familiar with this strange chimeric beast of a band will surely be enamored by lead vocalist Satomi Matsuzaki who has been on board since nearly the beginning. Her cute Japanese cheerleader type vocals reminiscent of bands like Melt Banana and a gazillion similarly minded bands from Japan would make you believe that DEERHOOF indeed emerged from the land of Godzilla and sushi but the fact is that this band falls outside the perimeters of just about any other out there and spawned in the diverse sectors of San Francisco, CA.

MIRACLE-LEVEL continues the zany math rock jitteriness tamed by Matsuzaki's pacifying vocal style and on this album she performs the entire album in her native Japanese language so if there were ever to be a complete blurring of cultures on a DEERHOOF album, this is the one to offer the most confusion. Fouinder Greg Saunier has tamed downed considerably since the band's anarchic beginnings that excelled at pure adrenalized noise and now true melodies are nurtured into pleasing compositions but of course it wouldn't be a DEERHOOF album if there weren't noisy guitar riffs, occasional spastic time signature bombast and just plain losing control.

This album plays more like a Japanese math pop rock album with herky jerky instrumentation providing the backdrop for Matsuzaki's controlled vocal performances. Instrumental parts such as the "Jet-Black Double-Shield" display the wilder side of off-tune guitar antics tackling the expected DEERHOOF weirdness with outbursts of ultrasonic noise as a satisfying crescendo. The title track which follows takes a complete 180 and features a subdued vocal performance sounding like something more traditional in the Japanese history books. While balance has never been DEERHOOF's forte, MIRACLE-LEVEL has a more even keel sense of tightness and control over past endeavors.

DEERHOOF has proven that an uncompromising experimental approach can yield a multi-decade career and although this band is exactly a household name, this San Francisco outfit remains a favorite in the noise pop underground and shows no sign of letting up. MIRACLE-LEVEL shows an entirely new side of the band and one that frankly i'm surprised hasn't been explored before given Matsuzaki's linguistic skills. What makes this one even weirder is that although the lyrics are in the Japanese language, the track titles are in English. That's DEERHOOF for ya, always looking for the weirder angle to take.

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4 stars Deerhoof has been "keepin it boxy and harsh since 1994" and their 18th studio album, "Miracle-Level" is another exciting new offering in their quirky oeuvre. It has everything that makes a typical Deerhoof album: John and Ed's guitars falling in and out of harmony, Satomi's happy singing style a ... (read more)

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