‘Crocodile’ starts off coolly. The sparsely-picked guitar and electronic background hum potter along nicely, but, and spoiler alert here, there’s a twist.
There’s a touch of Slint (or any act who followed) in the menacing rise to the finish, and of course that’s a fantastic thing. There’s no shortage of Scottish acts who have the quiet-quiet-loud modus operandi down to a tee, and it looks as though Deer Leader have what it takes to join that hardy bunch.
It’s the sort of song where on first encounter you question why they wasted time in getting to such a driving finish. Of course, after a few listens, it’s the anticipation and build that makes the pay-off all the more rewarding.
None of us are going anywhere anytime soon, so you’ve got more than enough time to spare five minutes to listen to this. It’ll be worth it.
This article was first published in the October 2020 issue of SNACK magazine. You can read the full magazine below on your smartphone, tablet, or pc.