Monday, April 14, 2008

Deerhoof "Milk Man" (Kill Rock Stars, 2004)



Artist: Deerhoof
Album: "Milk Man"
Release Date: 9 March 2004
Label: Kill Rock Stars
Genre: Indie-Rock, Noise-Pop, Experimental-Rock
Mood: Energetic, Irreverent, Naive, Innocent
Reminds Of: Erase Errata, The Microphones, The Breeders
What People Think: SplendindMagazine, DustedMagazine, PopMatters
Definitely Worth Buying: CdUniverse, Amazon

Tracklist
1. Milk Man
2. Giga Dance
3. Desaparecere
4. Rainbow Silhouette Of The Milky Rain
5. Dog On The Sidewalk
6. C
7. Milking
8. Dream Wanderer's Tune
9. Song Of Sorn
10. That Big Orange Sun Run Over Speed Light
11. New Sneakers

Deerhoof follows Apple O', an album that won the group ever-growing critical and popular acclaim, with Milk Man, an album even more conceptual and song-oriented than its predecessor. Inspired by the spooky yet adorable work of illustrator Ken Kagami -- whose art graces the album's cover and liner notes -- Milk Man tells the tale of a masked, pied piper-like being who lures children into his dreamland and then traps them there. The vision and the visuals surrounding the album are a perfect fit with Deerhoof's music, and, perhaps befitting Milk Man's status as a concept album, this time around the band incorporates more prog rock-like keyboards and other electronics into its sound. The pretty ballad "Dream Wanderer's Tune," with its lyrics about kings in castles in the sky and its playfully elaborate keyboards, exemplifies Deerhoof's move to more intricate, contemplative music. Since the album is relatively restrained, it's not quite as buoyant as Apple O' or Reveille, and it lacks a little bit of the delirious overload of Deerhoof's earliest work, but that doesn't mean that it's less distinctive. "Desapareceré" is one of Milk Man's best and most unique tracks, mixing clicking and shuffling electronic drums with sugary synths and Spanish lyrics into a very different take on electronic pop; "Dog on the Sidewalk" consists mostly of bubbling and fizzing electronics and Satomi Matsuzaki's deceptively simple vocals. Milk Man does have its fair share of noise, particularly on the instrumentals "Rainbow Silhouette of the Milky Rain" and "That Big Orange Sun Run Over Speed Light," as well as on "Song of Sorn," which starts out as a burst of noise and ends up oddly, but distinctly, poppy. This poppiness is responsible for many of Milk Man's best moments, including the sunny title track and "Milking" -- which are among the most straightforwardly melodic songs Deerhoof have ever written -- as well as the sweet final track, "New Sneakers," which does indeed capture the childlike glee of new shoes in lyrics like "Skipping all over with these shoes/Oh speed." Milk Man isn't all sweetness and light, though: Greg Saunier's lumbering drumming adds an extra edge to the monster party that is "Giga Dance"; "C"'s brittle vocal melody is mirrored by guitars that are pretty at first but then turn loud and thrashy. But even in its louder moments, Milk Man is a surprisingly subtle album, and one that takes Deerhoof's music in quietly exciting new directions.

(source: AllMusicGuide)

“A perfect album, except perfect is the wrong word for a band so dedicated to kitchen-sink oddness.” [SPIN, Mar 2004, p.96]

“So horribly untrendy it’s a new-black must-have, ‘Milk Man’ is the essential oddity of 2004, and a more-than-worthy successor to 2003’s magnificent ‘Apple O’’.” [LOGO]

“The album is most similar to Apple O', but while Apple O' seemed to have a somewhat lethargic quality, Milk Man sounds fresh and fully inviting. And it's a lot better.” [TINY MIX TAPES]

“Near-telepathic singularity of thought…”

12 comments:

myrkursoli said...

copy the link into your web browser
http://www.mediafire.com/?z92yxzwyxtg

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Mars said...

My favorite will ever be 'Reveille', but yeah, 'Milk Man' is awesome. They sound like a Land of Oz version of 60's rock.

myrkursoli said...

The above link seems to be removed. Here's a new one:
http://www.megaupload.com/pt/?d=I5PN695B

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myrkursoli said...

The above link seems to be removed. Here's a new one:
http://mihd.net/8x57d9n

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Anonymous said...

the megaupload link still works.

thanks for your blog

Anonymous said...

all the links are broken :/
this band is amazing, if someone could post a new link i would be grateful!

death.of.the.left.unfinished said...

Here's a new link:
http://www.mediafire.com/?w2tmymjzzzy

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Anonymous said...

All of these links are broken!

death.of.the.left.unfinished said...

Ok, I won't be posting another "Milkman" link...It is constantly being deleted...So, anyone desperately wanting this, just follow the usual procedure, drop me an e-mail and we're gonna sort it out...
Cheers

Anonymous said...

have you been reuploading it with the same filename ? if so consider trying a different filenaming scheme, if deleters can't search it out may stay up awhile, so many links killed doesn't seem likely due to expiration of time without any downloads,

thank you though for other stuff, rock n blog on

Constance said...

http://www.mediafire.com/?uzd2ihn1u5g
working link

miguel said...

oh Constance you saved my life.