- Summary: The 14th full-length studio release for the San Francisco indie rock band features guest appearances from Awkwafina, Devin Hoff, Juana Molina, Chad Popple, Matana Roberts, Xenia Rubinos, Laetitia Sadler, The Staple Singers, and Jenn Wasner.
- Record Label: Joyful Noise
- Genre(s): Pop/Rock
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MagnetSep 18, 2017The broadest, strangest and coolest sonic canvas that Deerhoof has ever framed. [No. 146, p.52]
Sep 11, 2017On the good side, there’s the spacey disco-funk of “Palace of the Governors” and “Begin Countdown.” Describing Deerhoof songs frequently forces you to invent delirious fictional bands to compare them to; the latter of these two sounds like the Meters as covered by an ensemble of Teletubbies. On a handful of songs that litter the album’s second half, however–”Sea Moves,” “Singalong Junk,” “Kokoye”--the band searches at its borders for a new sound to bring back and doesn’t find anything very interesting.
Positive: 0 out of 1
Mixed: 1 out of 1
Negative: 0 out of 1
Sep 22, 2017There are things I love about this record, but also things I feel terribly conflictive about.
In a way, this is Deerhoof's most accessibleThere are things I love about this record, but also things I feel terribly conflictive about.
In a way, this is Deerhoof's most accessible record, which isn't a bad thing at all: They are still delightfully weird and quirky, to a fault, but their songs have never sounded as sweet or as catchy as in "Mountain Moves", an incoherent set of songs (Like all Deerhoof records) that seems to hint at a unifying theme about an apocalyptic scenario of today's world, but especially today's america (Which makes it an interesting companion piece to Lana del Rey's Lust for Life).
"I Will Spite Survive" featuring Jenn Wasner is one of the greatest pop songs you'll hear this year, as well as the fantastic Awkwafina-featured "Your Dystopic Creation Doesn't Fear You". However, this record is far from pop: "Begin Countdown" hints at White Stripes-inspired garage rock and math rock, whereas the weird-af but alluring "Mountain Moves" has splashes of jazz and psych rock all over it.
And this is part of the problem with Mountain Moves: So many songs here feel like watered down Deerhoof, even when they are experimenting. The bluesy "Freedom Highway" falls flat incredibly quickly, and so many songs here feel like forgettable snippets of unfinished demos, such as "Sea Moves" and "Con Sardino". There are great tracks in here, but some serious, skippable duds that make the experience come a little bit shorter that I would've wanted.
BEST TRACKS: I Will Spite Survive, Come Down Here & Say That, Begin Countdown, Your Dystopic Creation Does Not Fear You, Ay That's Me
WORST TRACKS: Slow Motion Detonation, Gracias a la Vida, Sea Moves… Expand
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