Deafheaven has managed, through four major releases (one pre-Sunbather, the often-forgotten Roads to Judah), to hide a bit of a formula. Infinite Granite shows their hand a bit, making their quiet / loud / quiet peaks and valleys just that bit easier to see. Time was, before Infinite Granite, that you’d have a long string of loud, followed by, at most, on an eight to ten minute track, about one minute of shoegaze shine. Infinite Granite raises a big question: does laying yourself bare invalidate the rest of your catalog? As noted previously in this review, everything we hear on the new album has been around in the old, calling back to the divisive shoegaze portions of Sunbather, the original sticking point where no one quite knew what to do with this band, past placing them on their year-end best-of lists and praying. Infinite Granite deserves similar recognition for different reasons: while maybe it’s not an album of the year contender, it’s a momentous occasion for Deafheaven, and far more than a footnote.
4-panel Digipak with 12-page foldout rectangular booklet.