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Universal acclaim- based on 9 Ratings

  • Summary: The 15th full-length studio release for the San Francisco indie/experimental pop band was self-produced.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. May 26, 2020
    If Future Teenage Cave Artists is the only cultural artifact left behind in an apocalypse, future generations will at least have an interesting scripture to use to rebuild.
  2. Mojo
    May 26, 2020
    There's more hope to be found in the sound Deerhoof assemble into single songs that play like a hallucinating DJ's set. Any element sounds perfectly straight by itself, but layered together, they feel imported from the multiverse. [Jul 2020, p.87]
  3. Jun 5, 2020
    As disorienting as Future Teenage Cave Artists gets, it packs a potent emotional wallop.
  4. May 26, 2020
    Even if nothing on here rises to the career-best heights of 2003’s Apple O’ or 2005’s The Runners Four, it’s another strong album from a band whose sheer continued existence (and refusal to bend to conventional recording standards) often feels like a triumph of absurdity in the face of encroaching hopelessness.
  5. Jun 16, 2020
    A ragged, gnarly listen, Future Teenage Cave Artists is, fittingly, one of the band’s most experimental offerings in years, offering short bursts of breakneck, catchy garage rock, counterbalanced by plenty of reverb-drenched dissonance and eerie atmospherics. Just as it feels like it may be settling into something approaching conventional songcraft, the band chucks in a blast of competing ideas that sound like they’re eating each other alive, desperately scrambling for survival.
  6. May 28, 2020
    Everything they touch holding a vintage sheen of some kind, but it’s such a broad and masterful selection that there’s no sense of pastiche. The lyrics across the record let it down - they match the random patchwork of the sound, but take a step too far in the direction of gibberish for the most part.
  7. The Wire
    Nov 6, 2020
    A polished version of the group’s classic style propels this concept, but their invigorating eccentricity disintegrates as the album progresses. The opening title track feels familiar, with its quintessential electric riff, but this vibrancy quickly breaks down with songs like “Reduced Guilt”, whose tense harmonies drive a constant sense of unease. The record feels rote for the band, until it reaches its enigmatic conclusion. [Sep 2020, p.49]

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  1. Jun 1, 2020
    For those who have not listened but are familiar with Deerhoof's previous albums that seem to balance/blend experimental music with pop music,For those who have not listened but are familiar with Deerhoof's previous albums that seem to balance/blend experimental music with pop music, this album leans more towards the experimental end although there are still plenty of really catchy moments. Moreover, the type of experimental music Deerhoof does is very melodic, not noisy and abrasive which people sometimes seem to connotative to the term "experimental".

    It is so much fun to hear how Deerhoof is always coming up with creative sounds on every one of their new releases. No two albums sound redundant, making them a perpetually fresh and exciting band to listen to.