The Khanz - Deerhunter | Track Review | By Volume

Holding on too long is just a fear of letting go, because not every thing that goes around comes back around, you know. QOTSA - ...Like Clockwork
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The Khanz

Deerhunter

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Author: on January 20, 2014

I’m obsessed. “Deerhunter” is a slick, gorgeous pop track with a special, intricate brilliance. Its mesmerizing swirl of a pop hook bubbles under disco basslines and Passion Pit synths, gently nipping at your heels for the full four minutes, sometimes inconspicuous, at one point screamed. The chorus – a disorienting, cyclic, “I like that boy, but that boy likes girls” – is the soundtrack to every empty space in your next week, but it’s the rhythm that really sticks around, an incessant, lush tick-tock whose clever adornments just serve to amplify the song’s fantastically simple foundations.

It’s all too easy to peg The Khanz as catchy – one click of the play button below will make that clear – but there’s a devious and quite incredible level of craft on “Deerhunter”, genuinely akin to some of the most addictive indie-pop moments of the last few years. Where the music drowns itself to a simmer mid-way through the track, and female vocalist Kat swims in delicately and fiddles with the gender pronouns, there’s a real sense of wonder and drift. Where Themba, the track’s main vocalist, agitates his cords to something downright ominous shortly thereafter, the track could implode. It doesn’t, though; it’s kept afloat by that absolutely perplexing hook. I like that boy, but that boy likes girls. I like that girl, but that girl likes boys. I..?

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