Today’s episode is about a band who has just released a full length album. I interview good friend and guitarist Matt Hunter of Deer Leap, and we talk about their newest release called Impermanence. We also talk about the recording process, the mastering process, and everything else that goes with an album launch. Click the playhead above to listen to the podcast interview.Deer Leap is a post-rock indie band from New Hampshire. They have a finely crafted atmospheric, yet driving sound made up of arpeggiated guitars, crisp, popping bass lines, dynamic drums, and melodic vocals that evoke feelings of reminiscence. Their style builds upon itself in an epic kind of way and then breaks into catchy, but subtly-delivered harmonies and chants.
Impermanence – Album Review
Impermanence manages to capture a vibe that it maintains throughout. Guitar lines and vocals carry tunes while drums and bass hold down steady, sometimes-syncopated rhythms that make for dynamic mixes. Each instrument is clearly defined and everything sounds intentional. Vocals compliment the music, adding melodic goodness to the overall sound.
One standout track is “Looking Glass Station”. Delay effects in the treble set a soothing soundscape while the song progresses into a funky-type break in the middle of the composition. The title track (following immediately) kicks off with an oddly-comforting dissonance that eventually falls in to a pleasing bundle of chords and rhythms.
With a modal character that doesn’t let up, the music accomplishes what it seems to set out to accomplish. The album reaches its climax on track eight, “Go Big. Go Home” when catchy meets calm. The lyrics suggest a sense of desire for something greater when they plead, “Just once I’d like to be more than a memory…” with the rhetorical response, “I know, I know” as if the plea is immediately answered with a solution of musical resolve.
An overwhelming feeling of calm is present throughout (even though, I bet their stage-show is anything but calm). You wonder if Deer Leap knows something about life that we don’t know. Themes are repeated with intricately-weaved guitar work that sets like a back drop for the rest of the sounds.
Impermanence is a solid listen from front to back. Thirty-two-ish minutes seem to go by quickly when you’re listening. Deer Leap music and merchandise is available at the links/locations below.
- The digital release can be found at Deer Leap’s Bandcamp page here: https://deerleap.bandcamp.com/
- Vinlys can be found on Broken World Media here: http://store.brokenworldmedia.com/categories/deer-leap
- CDs, cassettes, a split album, and T-shirts can be found on Deer Leap’s Big Cartel page here: http://deerleap.bigcartel.com/
You can get in touch with Deer Leap via their Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.