Deerhunter, ‘Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?’ – Album Review
by William Jones
If I’m honest, I went into this album with low expectations. Unless you’re a particular fan, hearing about the eighth release from Deerhunter doesn’t conjure up great things in your mind. However, there’s something about it that draws you in – a feeling of distance, with a lot of different elements in it to listen to.
Recorded in a small town in Texas, this record offers an unpredictability which we rarely hear in albums these days. While I’m a big fan of coherence in an album, there’s something quite refreshing about the way the band manages to bend between genres here. Frontman Bradford Cox is known for his poetic lyrics and this latest offering is no different. In fact, I had to re-listen to most of this album in order to fully appreciate both the musical and lyrical elements. You might expect, based on the artist and title of this record, that it is going to be an attack on Donald Trump and, while there are parts of it in there, the most political track is No One’s Sleeping, a response to the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in 2017. It demonstrates a warped view of England, referencing The Kinks’ The Village Green Preservation Society.
The unpredictable yet subtle nature of ‘Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?’ makes this Deerhunter’s finest album to date. In an age of so much disposable music, Cox’s band have somehow managed to pull out something quite memorable. Both the musicality and lyrics are worthy of praise here and, I would say, make this an album well worth actually spending some time getting to know.