Deerhunter Launch Countdown For New Album Fading Frontier

Peter Helman | August 14, 2015 - 9:27 pm

A couple of months after some rumors about a new Deerhunter album started brewing, things finally seem to be heating up. The band just posted a link to their official website via Facebook, which now includes a countdown to 11PM this Sunday in the bottom right hand corner. If you put in your name and email when prompted, it directs you to this cryptic “Faulkner” page, which consists entirely of a bizarre and kind of creepy gif of what looks like Bradford Cox’s face turning into a dog, Animorph-style. What does it all mean?

Well, it definitely seems to have something to do with that new album. Online retailer MusicDirect has just put up a pre-order page for a new Deerhunter LP called Fading Frontier, although contrary to what the countdown would indicate, they’re listing the release date as 10/16. But Fading Frontier is pretty clearly the album title — about a month ago, someone posted this on Instagram:

Really cool gift from the guys in Deerhunter!

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And, as one enterprising Redditor discovered, if you look at the source code of the Faulkner page, it again references Fading Frontier.

So what does Faulkner have to do with all this? Who knows. (UPDATE: A commenter says Faulkner is Cox’s dog’s name. Makes sense!) But hey, a new Deerhunter album is coming, and possibly very soon! That’s pretty cool!

The bad news? Deerhuner have dropped out of next weekend’s FYF Fest. (!!! are filling in.)

One last thing: Bradford Cox posted this Spotify playlist called “Humidity Color Index” the other day, which might give some idea of what the album was influenced by. (No INXS, though.) Listen to that below.