Deerhunter’s upcoming album Fading Frontier is due for release on October 16 via 4AD. Frontman Bradford Cox has drawn an interactive map of influences that went into the record. You can check it out below.
The map includes influences such as R.E.M., Tom Petty, Caetano Veloso, Al Green, J.G. Ballard, Pablo Neruda, old linen, iced Earl Grey tea, “souless new car smell”, the car accident Cox was in last winter, and more. When you click on most of the phrases on the map, it will take you to an associated video, Wikipedia page, PDF, and so forth.
In an interview with Vulture, Cox discussed some of the influences. Talking about “the decline of the music industry,” he said:
“The music industry is a giant shrieking ghost. It means nothing. It never meant much. It’s just an appalling apparition. It has no vitality. How can you expect much from someone who thinks only of profit? They’re simple creatures. I might sound so arrogant. I’m not a socialist in any dogmatic way. I don’t believe that I have the answer. I think John Cassavetes had the best answer for the creation and distribution of art: Pay for it yourself, do it yourself.”