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Deerhunter - Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? (2019) Published: January 18/19 Released: January 18/19 albumIndie Rock10 Tracks • 36 Minutes
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    SELECTED LINE: It’s in the almost hidden contrasts of these songs that Deerhunter hits on a powerful formula for songcraft. -Slant Magazine
    Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? is the eight studio album by Deerhunter, released by 4AD on January 18, 2019.
    Preview
    1. Death in Midsummer4:22
    2. No One's Sleeping4:25
    3. Greenpoint Gothic2:02
    4. Element2:59
    5. What Happens to People?4:16
    6. Détournement3:25
    7. Futurism2:51
    8. Tarnung3:07
    9. Plains2:13
    10. Nocturne6:24
℗ 2019 4AD
Critic Reviews (69)

Should make for a great live sound.

1 month ago

The Vancouver Sun The Vancouver Sun

A powerful set of often-dystopian songs revolving around the decline of civilization.

1 month ago

KEXP KEXP

The album infuses bleak tumbleweed landscapes into the experimental — and often surrealist — soundscapes, revolutionizing the band’s approach to recording.

1 month ago

ARTSATL ARTSATL

Fifteen years in, Deerhunter have created something meaningful and masterful.

1 month ago

For Folks Sake For Folks Sake

Whilst Deerhunter haven’t disappeared, this album sees the band struggled to separate themselves apart from what has come before.

60% 1 month ago

Beat Magazine Beat Magazine

In the context of Deerhunter’s catalogue it takes 15 years of oscillating and condenses everything that makes this band great into about 40 minutes.

90% 1 month ago

godisinthetv godisinthetv

While the intention may have been to align closer with the now electronic- and hip-hop-focused music market, the album fails to feel relevant.

1 month ago

BeatRoute BeatRoute

Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? may not reach the heights of Microcastle or Halcyon Digest, but it brims with issues of mortality that feel gloomier than ever, making the album a far richer experience through multiple listens.

1 month ago

The Jakarta Post The Jakarta Post

We should be grateful that everything hasn’t disappeared yet, otherwise we wouldn’t have heard this great new album.

80% 2 months ago

SCMP Young Post SCMP Young Post

It’s an album that neither feels settled – surely intentionally as there’s no lack of musical confidence here – and never allows you to settle, often clouding the imagination of its creators behind a hazy sound.

60% 2 months ago

The Press The Press

Underneath it all, Deerhunter are still a band that are completely beholden to music's ability to spiritually transcend even the worst state of things.

80% 2 months ago

Under The Radar Under The Radar

They remain an intriguing and unique band but it has to be said that this latest album is a very patchy affair and yet again fails to live up to past glories despite a myriad of good moments.

70% 2 months ago

Norman Records Norman Records

Ultimately Deerhunter’s performance art is spellbinding.

90% 2 months ago

knoxnews knoxnews

Treasure the tiny little miracle that some benevolence allows us to hear a record like this and know we’re not alone—even if we appear to be.

2 months ago


Like ghosts that don’t know they’re dead, the songs on Deerhunter’s Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? wander about in a well-produced limbo almost in mourning for the death they can’t die.

50% 2 months ago

Tiny Mix Tapes Tiny Mix Tapes

It lingers like the beauty of dusk, when light slowly gives way to darkness.

80% 2 months ago

The Straits Times The Straits Times (TOP)

Using bucketloads of echo and distorting Bradford Cox’s vocals isn’t enough to create interest.

50% 2 months ago

The Young Folks The Young Folks

It’s true to the spirit of collaboration, all dense with interesting textures and ideas.

80% 2 months ago

The Wee Review The Wee Review

'Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?' is still as exciting to listen to as any of their early work, and helps maintain that high level of constancy the band have always been able to conjure.

80% 2 months ago

MYSTIC SONS MYSTIC SONS

Cox himself has said that the band’s golden age is over, yet this album, like the band’s previous two, only gets better with repeated listening, and if this is the sound of a band in supposed decline, they can still smoke nearly any other outfit working at their peak.

75% 2 months ago

SpectrumCulture SpectrumCulture

It’s a predictably great album that might push its way into the album of the year lists.

80% 2 months ago

NARC Magazine NARC Magazine

Inspired, or spooked, by notions of cultural and personal erasure, the songs have an entrancing melodious charm but also sharper, more confrontational passages, such as the stop-start dislocations in tempo applied to “Nocturne”.

80% 2 months ago

Financial Times Financial Times (TOP)

It makes for a complex, challenging and thoroughly compelling album that, in spite of some of its weaker tracks, is one of the first essential pieces of listening in 2019.

2 months ago

mxdwn mxdwn

Why hasn’t everything already disappeared? I wish Deerhunter could help us answer these questions.

65% 2 months ago

The 405 The 405

Deerhunter managed to turn in one of their stiffest, clunkiest project to date - which is saying something considering how much of the inorganic percussion they had on Fading Frontier!

40% 3 months ago

Spectrum Pulse (CA) Spectrum Pulse (CA)

A self-proclaimed sci-fi album about the present, “Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?” proves again Deerhunter can rise to the challenge of reinventing their sound without losing themselves — without disappearing.

3 months ago

The Associated Press The Associated Press (TOP)

A singular thing, not quite of this world, desert fruit ripening quietly on the eve of the end.

80% 3 months ago

Drowned In Sound Drowned In Sound

From the weariness and wonder in its title to the mix of delicacy and anger in its songs, Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? is one of Deerhunter's most haunting and thought-provoking albums.

80% 3 months ago

AllMusic AllMusic

Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? is a sonic expansion of the warm tones found in Deerhunter’s 2015 Fading Frontier.

3 months ago

FLOOD Magazine FLOOD Magazine

Immediately recognizable as a great Deerhunter album but more relaxed, still psychedelic but less far-out than they once were.

3 months ago

BrooklynVegan BrooklynVegan

Pleasant songs to hum along, with a tendency to spin and less nice lyrics.

60% 3 months ago

lautde lautde

Surging into new ground while retaining elements of their classic sound.

90% 3 months ago

Clash Music Clash Music

Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? is an extension of the ideas Cox was flirting with on the band’s 2015 album, Fading Frontier, only this time he’s replacing guitars with harpsichords to execute a grand detournement from the rock'n'roll genre.

3 months ago

theMusic.com.au theMusic.com.au

Like most Deerhunter albums, this one contains a sense of foreboding and existential crisis, but it’s hidden within cheerful melodies and kaleidoscopic, candy-colored arrangements that often include horns and harpsichords among the guitars and synthesizers.

90% 3 months ago

Philly.com Philly.com

A powerful, graceful guitar and ghost album about disappearing.

83% 3 months ago

Musikexpress Musikexpress

Deerhunter offer a 21st-century state-of-the-world address in surrealist pop form.

80% 3 months ago

The Times of London The Times of London (TOP)

Those who exercise patience will hear a record that sounds particularly characteristic and - in a somewhat inconsistent way - describes what it is like to live in our fast-paced and disorienting society.

70% 3 months ago

Dansende Beren Dansende Beren

The band succeeds once again in making a completely unique record in an already richly filled discography.

70% 3 months ago

Indiestyle Indiestyle

You get the feeling you’ve been thrust into a dream, temporarily torn from the present in order to observe it, understand what’s going on, and return to reality with new tools to keep that all-encompassing fear at bay.

75% 3 months ago


A rechristening for the band, a more formidable statement from a band whose songwriting is as resilient as ever.

80% 3 months ago

No Ripcord No Ripcord

This is a new side of Deerhunter that gives the listener much to contemplate.

80% 3 months ago

The Independent (UK) The Independent (UK) (TOP)

These songs contend with the emotional and physical ramifications of life in a country that’s reiterating itself to death, one franchise reboot or startup reinvention at a time.

80% 3 months ago


After eight albums, Deerhunter continues to push its sonic storytelling into uncharted territory.

3 months ago

RIFF Magazine RIFF Magazine

Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? is another crisp, clean, reserved collection that defies instant gratification but rewards careful attention.

3 months ago

Stereogum Stereogum

Though the album loses some of the momentum from its gripping beginning, the twisted imagery lingers long after the final notes.

75% 3 months ago

Consequence of Sound Consequence of Sound

Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?, sweeps away any remaining traces of autobiographical writing and directs its focus towards humanity’s current predicament—all through a spacey sound and science-fiction-like lyrical bent.

3 months ago

Paste Magazine Paste Magazine

On Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? they go pastoral, delivering an album that sounds like windswept grains, like dust floating off a side road.

3 months ago

Vinyl Me Please Vinyl Me Please

Even depressing themes (nationalistic violence in "No One's Sleeping", death in "What Happens To People?") Seem to be so overwhelming embedded in this flawless chamber pop.

3 months ago

ByteFM (DE) ByteFM (DE)

Why has not everything disappeared? Why is Deerhunter not a much larger group?

80% 3 months ago

humo (BE) humo (BE)

As Cox sings on ‘Futurism’: “Your cage is what you make it / If you decorate it / It goes by faster.” I for one am happy to wait out my days, whatever’s left of them, listening to Deerhunter.

3 months ago

The Quietus The Quietus

The theme is handled so timidly that it’s easy to start questioning whether it’s there at all.

3 months ago

Crack Magazine Crack Magazine

‘Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?’ is the first full-length of its generation to confront the escapism vs. engagement debate by planting its flag firmly in the middle.

80% 3 months ago

Loud And Quiet Loud And Quiet

They continue to look forward and create music that feels unlike anything else out there.

90% 3 months ago

Exclaim Exclaim

The slow, crumbling decline of civilisation has rarely sounded so good.

100% 3 months ago

The Skinny The Skinny

It should come as no surprise that Disappeared is their most complex work since Halcyon Digest and features a theme that others have tried with more directness.

90% 3 months ago

Soundblab Soundblab

Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? wrestles with escapist and confrontational impulses, and continues the band's exploration of shifting sonic identity.

80% 3 months ago

PopMatters PopMatters

Deerhunter have often dealt in lofty, intense blows, but on album eight, they provide a breezy distraction from the chaos outside, and it’s most welcome.

80% 3 months ago

DIY Magazine DIY Magazine

I’ll probably never tire of hearing Cryptograms and can’t imagine not regarding Monomania as the band’s apex; Fading Frontier and Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared? are significant albums, however, stylistic milestones for Deerhunter as well as fertile additions to rock’s ever-broadening landscape.

3 months ago

nodepression nodepression

It’s utterly, completely, resolutely and defiantly them. It’s futuristic but warm, nostalgic but distant, pretentious but human. It’s a mess of contradictions, a jumble of cohesive ideas – and a reminder, if one were needed, what a great feeling it is to be part of a “small audience”.

85% 3 months ago

The Line of Best Fit The Line of Best Fit

This atmospheric album switches from psych-pop to alt-rock to experimental lo-fi, held together by Bradford Cox’s drawl.

80% 3 months ago


It is unpredictable and compelling – classic Deerhunter.

80% 3 months ago

The Irish Times The Irish Times (TOP)

Perhaps most important for those who have followed Deerhunter from the beginning, there’s plenty to suggest that the group’s creative energy will sustain it into middle age.

3 months ago

The Wall Street Journal The Wall Street Journal (TOP)

Despite the grim reality WHEAD draws attention to, songs like “No One’s Sleeping” show that sonically, the album is an exuberant and tightly knit pop record.

85% 3 months ago

Northern Transmissions Northern Transmissions

‘What Happens To People’ and the instrumental ‘Greenpoint Gothic’ throw back to the ambient synth textures of earlier albums, but otherwise the sounds of harpsichord wires twisting and drum kits dissolving are spun into arch pop seemingly in homage to The Beatles or glam-era Bowie.

80% 3 months ago

New Musical Express (NME) New Musical Express (NME) (TOP)

It may do, it may not – but half of the fun of this album lies in attempting to figure it out.

3 months ago

Sungenre Sungenre

It is their poppiest, most direct album yet, with a '60s swing permeating throughout its 10 tracks, but Cox has never sounded so disconnected from the world. ... It is a lean and often brilliant album. [Feb 2019, p.110]

80% 3 months ago

Q Magazine Q Magazine

Some of Deerhunter's prettiest songs to date. [Feb 2019, p.13]

80% 3 months ago

Uncut Uncut

Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared? is more exploratory than Fading Frontier, but there's a minimalism that helps its stark ideas and sad-eyes melodies shine through. [Feb 2019, p.88]

80% 3 months ago

Mojo Mojo

It’s in the almost hidden contrasts of these songs that Deerhunter hits on a powerful formula for songcraft.

70% 3 months ago

Slant Magazine Slant Magazine
User Reviews (2)

Kunye vest4 months ago
Innovation innovation innovation This album and everything they’ve done is amazing! The new album is creative on so many layers, so much depth in so many soundscapes created

maswine5 months ago
Cant wait First track is a classic! Jan 18 is a long time to wait:(
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