Deerhoof’s surprise new (free!) album Love-Lore on Joyful Noise Recordings that dropped today (Sept. 28) is surprising in a second way as well. It’s a 35-minute, 43-song, live-in-the-studio covers medley of songs by mostly ’80s hitmakers, including Gary Numan, Kraftwerk, The Police, Sun Ra and the B-52’s. Tracks from composers Ennio Morricone, John Cage and Laurie Anderson are also part of Love-Lore.
Love-Lore is available as a free download at Bandcamp, the band’s website, and Joyful Noise Recordings, and a limited edition commemorative poster is available.
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The band held a listening party starting 3 p.m. Eastern announcing Love-Lore, and answered questions afterward.
There’s also a written component to the offering:. Muindi Fanuel Muindi wrote an essay to accompany the release, and a portion of those explain the band’s raison d’etre: “Deerhoof is not the future of music and doesn’t want to be — they simply want to embrace you, here and now, in the present.”
The essay went on to explain that Deerhoof’s Love-Lore is “a funeral for futures obliterated by projections from a toxic past.”
The trail-blazing four-piece has been busy during the pandemic; Love-Lore is the group’s second album in 2020. The first was Future Teenage Cave Artists.
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