Deerhoof - Breakup Song
- Malcolm Jack
- 20 September 2012
Unpredictable and playful mess from San Francisco freak pop trio
Predictably unpredictable, San Francisco freak pop trio Deerhoof threaten a downbeat dissection of doomed relationships in the title, only for Breakup Song to end up resembling a joyful comment on their sideways approach to songcraft – that is, playfully messing with a tune until it sounds so laugh-out-loud screwball, it can’t be by anyone else. ‘There’s That Grin’ weds robotic electro-funk to carnivalesque breakdowns; ‘Mario’s Flaming Whiskers III’ lives up to its moniker’s eccentric Nintendo music promise and more. ‘Flower’ – its warped lounge jazz groove verses bumping into a shiny happy chorus – is trippily hypnotic and yet childlike enough to soundtrack either a round of pass the bong or a game of pass the parcel.