If you know Deerhoof, your expectations will be way off the mark. If you don't, don't have any expectations. This is a band that can best be described as a washing-machine full of songs veering between spin cycle and a steady wash. And over fifteen minutes and seven tracks that comprise the Green Cosmos EP, expect this variation to happen many, many times.
For the first ten seconds of "Come See the Duck," the blasting riff and heavy drums will catch your ear, before grabbing the rest of your head and pulling it about quite violently. Lurching from garage-rock to thrash and back again, by the time you drag yourself to sanity and think "what was THAT?!" the song's moved onto "Green Cosmos," which is far more coherent, with a regular beat, chiming, bleeping keyboards and Japanese lyrics. The pattern of surprise and exploration repeats itself in many guises (the pastoral/ dramatic schizophrenia of "Malalauma," the toytown jazz-reggae of the wonderfully titled "Hot Mint Air Balloon"), worming its way into the listener's brain with its own charm. By the time it's done, you should be well and truly under Deerhoof's spell. --Thom Allott --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.