With the sort of ingenuity you might expect to come out of Austin, TX, The Deer encompasses the innovation of the modern indie-folk revival and the cross-pollination of Austin’s diverse music scene. Described as transcendental Texas folk and stargaze surf-western, The Deer creates psychotropic soundscapes and tranquil, vivid dream-pop.
In 2016’s release, Tempest & Rapture, The Deer marry their brand of moody Americana with rapturous psychedelia, like two wings of one soaring bird. What began as the solo recording project of singer/songwriter Grace Park (The Blue Hit), The Deer formed its core membership in 2012 after the release of An Argument for Observation under the band name Grace Park & The Deer. For their second album, On the Essence of the Indomitable Spirit (2015), their name was shortened to The Deer to represent the cohesive collaboration between all of the artists in the band, and because the group especially identified with deer as a symbol of protective guidance. Their music is like a beacon in the dark wilderness: shining of pure melodies, vivid images, and strong musicianship in a world of vapid ditties. The Deer moves fluidly between genres, eliciting emotion as varied and surprising as Tempest & Rapture implies. The Deer have played Austin’s historic Moody Theater and the Legendary Stubb’s, as well as festivals like Kerrville Folk Festival, Old Settler’s Music Festival, Utopiafest, and Oregon Country Fair. Members have shared the stage with Alejandro Escovedo, Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, and Dana Falconberry. Their co-bill roster includes Elephant Revival, Trout Steak Revival, Hot Buttered Rum, Jeff Austin, and more. They are currently writing music for their upcoming fourth album to be released in the late spring of 2017.
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“They have a feeling like no other with the essence of country but always with grace delicacy and elegance...[On the Essence] is decidedly the prettiest folk recording of this fall. Simple noble smart. And you would think Texas is only full of bull testicles and the Bush klan.” - Paweł Waliński - Noisey
"The quintet's crafty layering of Park's and bassist Jesse Dalton's pristine pipes into soaring vocal orchestrations repeats throughout the hourlong LP, striking Beach Boys-quality harmonies on 'Alchemical Happiness' and guitar-crunched 'Bad Translator.' When the band backs down on late-sequence standout 'Intonation,' the former Blue Hit singer's couplets carry the weight: 'I searched up for rain/ I prayed I was insane/ But the voice on my shoulder's an angel.’” - Kevin Curtin - Austin Chronicle