Deerhunter’s new album, Fading Frontiers is set to be released on October 16th through 4AD. In anticipation, Bradford Cox has drawn an interactive map of influences that went towards the album. The map includes influences from artists like 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 year, and more. Clicking on most of the entries will take you to a video, Wikipedia page, PDF, and so on associated with it. One phrase takes you to a page about Cox’s dog, Faulkner.
In an interview with Vulture, Cox talked about the influences. Discussing “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.
Preordering Fading Frontier is through the 4AD store will get you a screenprinted copy of the map.