- Geographic North
“End of Heartache”
Deerhunter drummer Moses Archuleta makes ramshackle pop songs in which, per Marshall McLuhan’s famous phrase, “the medium is the message.” The medium this time was junk, thrifted LPs he choose based on their covers from which he created samples and loops at random. His debut LP as Moon Diagrams, Lifetime of Love, was recorded over the last decade as he floated between Athens, Atlanta, New York, and Berlin.
In line with his haphazard compositional process and the long, meandering pace of his recording timeline, his first single, “End of Heartache,” is similarly peculiar. It is a VHS-quality dance track a world away from the crazed rock music he makes with Deerhunter. True to its parts, “End of Heartache” is as pleasantly cheesy and chintzy as a record you might find in the dollar bin. The guitar line shuffles like shoes on thin ice, the synths are bright and wiggly, and the drums brittle and machinic. Most surprising of all is Archuleta’s tinny, bouncy voice, which sounds at times like a robot, other times harried and passionate. It’s bizarre and sweet all at once—a 1980s-flavored pop number made by someone totally unexpected