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Deeper - Careful!

LP: £21.99

Label: Sub Pop Records

Release date: 08.09.2023

Format Info: Neon Orange vinyl

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You can’t get Deeper if you’re standing still. That’s intentional, says the Chicago quartet’s Nic Gohl. “Does it feel good when you’re listening to this song? Does your body want to move with it?” These are the questions he asked himself as he and bandmates Shiraz Bhatti, Drew McBride and Kevin Fairbairn were writing and recording ‘Careful!’, their third record and Sub Pop debut. “I wanted these to be interesting songs, but in a way where a two-year-old would vibe out to it,” Gohl adds. “It’s pop music, basically.” That ‘basically’ qualifier is working pretty hard, as fans of 2020’s ‘Auto-Pain’ might suppose. On ‘Careful!’, they’re not reimagining their sound so much as testing its limits. If you want to, you can hear echoes of David Bowie’s ‘Low’ in the snapping rhythm and grey sky synths of ‘Tele’, but you can also hear a bit of ‘Auto-Pain’ in the nailed-in, stippling lines being spit out by Bhatti’s drum programming and McBride’s synthesizer. ‘Fame’ seems to stumble together and nearly fall apart, the dialled-up noise making the beat feel maniacal and a little invincible, the whole thing a series of short, snipped, autonomous gestures that are by now Deeper’s trademark. ‘Build a Bridge’ pushes in the opposite direction, using a prickly guitar line to launch into big, smeary art-pop, its emotional palette clear, well-defined, and easy to latch onto. On ‘Sub’, Gohl sings above and below the melody like Ian McCulloch, bellowing and wondering and ruminating and rounding into swaggering confidence that the band rises to meet. It’s festival headliner music that still feels like it was written in a garage. That fraternal interdependence is near the centre of Deeper’s music. The musical and lyrical devotion to mutuality makes this restlessly curious, stylistically broad album feels like the most coherent portrait of who Deeper is. Or, as McBride ultimately frames it, “‘Careful!’ is about looking out for one another.”

Third LP from Chicago post-punk outfit Deeper. Expect Flegel-esque guitar interplay aplenty.

By Spike

Track Listing

Build a Bridge

Heat Lamp Glare Tele Bite Pilsen 4th Sub Fame Everynight Airplane Air devil-loc Dualbass Pressure

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