Release Date: Jul 10, 2012
Record label: Hardly Art
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
After 2010’s promising self-titled debut, Austin duo YellowFever went ominously quiet. Then at the beginning of 2012, quite out of the blue, band members Jennifer Moore and Adam Jones revealed that legal complications had forced them to change their name to Deep Time. The new moniker in place, and having moved from the Vivian Girls-run Wild World label to Sub Pop’s Hardly Art imprint, they went on to announce a self-titled sophomore album.
Austin duo Deep Time's music is Liliputian in every sense of the word. For one, guitarist/vocalist Jennifer Moore's prickly, palm-muted chord progressions and occasional yelps conjure the jaunty post-punk of Delta 5 or Swiss art-punk pioneers Kleenex/LiLiPUT. In another way, there's a general sense of smallness about this music-- it feels simple, compact, restrained.
Before changing their name from Deep Time due to legal conflict, Austin, Texas' minimal pop duo Yellow Fever lingered in a nebulous area of obscurity. They toured constantly and captured the attention of a good many folks, but in the tumultuous indie landscape of 2006-2010, acts like the Vivian Girls and Best Coast rose to mass appeal with their punked-out updates on the girl group sound while Yellow Fever were sidelined. Founding member Jennifer Moore was splitting her time with Austin's doo wop/girl group revivalist supergroup the Carrots, so strains of that influence in Yellow Fever were undeniable, but they approached their songs from such a remarkable distance that the subtle melodic crosscurrents could be lost on some listeners, leaving the band coming off as cold or deadpan.
If at first you don't succeed, try again. Then change your name. That's been the strategy thus far for guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Jennifer Moore and drummer Adam Jones, formerly known as Yellow Fever, which issued a chronological cull on the Vivian Girls' Wild World label in early 2010 before starting over on Sub Pop's Hardly Art. The Austin duo's proper debut still has a few holdovers, bookended by standouts from its Bermuda Triangle tour EP: the stellar title track and a cover of Horse + Donkey's "Horse." Early highlights "Sgt.