Retroactive Classics: Deftones – 'Koi No Yokan' & "Blade Runner"
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 17:37:07
Comparing the epic album to the classic film...
Of all the solid rock albums released in the past few years, there's one that holds a special place in the hearts of both diehard fans and critics alike. With 2012's Koi No Yokan [Reprise Records], Deftones took rock music beyond the boundaries of space and time yet again. In that sense, it's a lot like the classic Blade Runner. We wanted to do an analysis of their similarities.
Koi No Yokan is Deftones' seventh album and the follow-up to the flawless 2010 opus Diamond Eyes, yet, the Sacramento-founded band—Chino Moreno [vocals, guitar], Stephen Carpenter [guitar], Abe Cunningham [drums], Frank Delgado [keys, turntables], and Sergio Vega [bass]. Here, they expanded a discography including the likes of White Pony, which earned them their first Grammy Award via "Elite," and Around the Fur, with a focused and fiery piece that flows like a symphony or film over the course of its eleven tracks.
That's the thing about Deftones' music for as rich aurally as it is—it's equally cinematic and visual. Koi No Yokan could easily be construed as their Blade Runner. Its strikingly futuristic, yet dingy and dark. It's sexual, yet fiercely violent. It's poetic, yet pummeling. Moreover, its narrative follows a similar arc as the one that drove Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard while chasing Replicant's in Ridley Scott's futuristic Los Angeles.
"Swerve City" would be the perfect soundtrack to the police cruiser flying to the Tyrell Corporation with fire bursting from the industrial factories. With its airy beginning and heavy explosion, "Tempest" could be like that chase scene when Deckard's running down the female replicant Zhora from the dressing room of the club before "retiring" her by emptying his pistol. That whole set piece might even end with "Leathers." Meanwhile, the lush "Entombed" stands totally a propos for the interactions between Deckard and Rachael [Sean Young]. It's a love song with an encroaching unstability and darkness perfect for that relationship.
Watch the Music Video for "Swerve City" from Deftones: