Deerhoof albums fall in to three categories; The Best Deerhoof Album (Friend Opportunity), Very Good Deerhoof Albums (like this one) and Good Deerhoof Albums (all the rest). The fourteen they’ve released in their twenty years together all sound relatively similar to be honest, but still, there are few bands who sound quite like them. The Magic isn’t a landmark release in their canon, but it’s perhaps more coherent than their last few, the sound of a rock band revelling in being the only ones doing whatever it is they do (which is a bit of everything). The best bit is ‘Kafe Mania!’, which sounds exactly like what you’d imagine a Deerhoof song called ‘Kafe Mania!’ to sound like, and is all the better for it.
Buy: Deerhoof – The Magic