Brooklyn's Rare Book Room Studio sits hidden behind a dingy, unmarked door on a side street in Greenpoint. It's a bitterly cold early February night, but inside everything is quite cozy: Producer Nicolas Vernhes, who runs the studio, does his work in a warmly-lit den lined with vintage gear and yellowing books about French film, movie monsters and hard-boiled detectives.
Deerhunter is currently deep into recording its fifth full-length LP here. Frontman Bradford Cox stockpiled upward of 250 potential songs for the new disc; so far he's whittled them down to a strong dozen, including the swaggering rocker "Dream Captain." The Georgia band installed custom mood lighting in the next room for its late-night sessions, which often stretch until 6 a.m. "We're living in neon lights," says Cox. "We bring a fog machine everywhere we go. A lot of what happens is one large experiment with color and light and sound."
Read on for more images from a night in the studio with Deerhunter.
By Simon Vozick-Levinson