Deafheaven needed to change things up. You could feel it on their last album, a musically ambitious work that was regularly compared to Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness yet still scanned as black metal. They were clearly trying to break out of their shells on that album, and with Infinite Granite, they've done it. They moved to a new label (Sargent House), hired a new producer (M83/Paramore/Jimmy Eat World collaborator Justin Meldal-Johnsen, though longtime producer Jack Shirley did still engineer this one), and most noticeably of all, lead shrieker George Clarke spends the majority of the album singing instead of screaming.
"Maybe around [2015’s] New Bermuda, I felt like everyone was expanding on their instrument and getting better at what they were doing. And in certain ways I was as well, but there’s a part of me that’s always felt like the weak musical link," George told Pitchfork. "I wanted to bring more to the table—and also to service the lyrics differently."