Deap Vally – American Cockroach | Comments
They may not have released their own album since 2016’s “Femejism”, but Deap Vally has remained productive. Last year they teamed up with the Flaming Lips for “Deap Lips”; in February, they released ‘Digital Dream’, an EP featuring guests from Jennylee from Warpaint, Peaches and more. This time it’s a four-track outing that suggests they test the waters before making their next stylistic move. “American Cockroach” features two collaborative issues; there’s ‘I Like Crime’, a bubbly scuzz-pop track that features new Eagles of Death Metal bassist Jenny Vee, and ‘Better Off with Nothing’, which is a very different beast. A dark and muddy post-punk track with Ayse Hassan of Savages, on which overlapping harmonic vocals contrast sharply with the menacing bassline, it’s a juxtaposition that shouldn’t work, so it’s all up to the mark. honor of the LA duo that this really is the case. The “Give Me a Sign” opener is also a far cry from the furious rock and roll we’ve come to expect from Deap Vally; a softly swooning ballad reminiscent of another two-piece, The Kills, which took a similar turn with ‘The Last Goodbye’. The title song, meanwhile, is considerably closer to the Deap Vally as we know it; a swaggering punk track with a massive chorus. They might be thinking about their next move with “American Cockroach”, or maybe they just flex their stylistic muscles. Either way, it’s a triumph.