Mountain Moves (CD)


Deerhoof

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Amoeba Review

09/05/2017

Deerhoof is something really special. As they become more well known, it makes sense that their albums would become slicker and poppier. But Deerhoof has never dropped their avant-garde roots and on Mountain Moves the combination of brief glimpses of noise, non-traditional pop structure, and lyrics results in a real brain melter of an album. Psychedelic is usually used to describe heavy guitar reverb and fuzzy sounds, but there's something in the unexpected directions Deerhoof takes that's legitimately psychedelic. Dance songs dissolve so they don't get too dancey and pop songs break apart before they can dig in and become earworms. Although Mountain Moves might be their most commercial album to date, there's plenty of collaborations from like-minded musical experimenters, including Juana Molina, Stereolab's Laetitia Sadler, and Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner, that mix up the album just enough. "I Will Spite Survive" starts off almost unassumingly with heavy bass, distorted guitars, melodic synth riffs, and Satomi Matsuzaki's girlish voice. The song is absolutely bright and happy in a way we rarely hear, but with enough blooping weirdness in the background to add the right amount of "what the?" to what otherwise might be one of their most easily digestible tracks. "Come Down Here & Say That" starts off with what sounds like Deerhoof's take on David Byrne's legendary version of "Psycho Killer" from Stop Making Sense by mixing acoustic guitar with mechanical music elements. But before the song can get too stuck in a beautiful riff, it flows along with bizarre dream logic of segments that feel like separate songs themselves. Every Deerhoof album is an exciting new trip of catchy songs that are full of life and playfulness where just one listen isn't enough. You'll drop the needle on this over and over again, discovering new things to love on each listen.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Slow Motion Detonation
Deerhoof , Juana Molina 03:41
2.
Con Sordino
Deerhoof 03:07
3.
I Will Spite Survive
Deerhoof , Jenn Wasner 03:28
4.
Come Down Here & Say That
Deerhoof , Laetitia Sadier 03:20
5.
Gracias A La Vida
Deerhoof 00:59
6.
Begin Countdown
Deerhoof 02:09
7.
Your Dystopic Creation Doesn't Fear You
Deerhoof , Awkwafina 02:55
8.
Ay That's Me
Deerhoof 03:04
9.
Palace Of The Governors
Deerhoof 02:18
10.
Singalong Junk
Deerhoof , Xenia Rubinos 03:32
11.
Mountain Moves
Deerhoof , Matana Roberts 01:58
12.
Freedom Highway
Deerhoof 01:42
13.
Sea Moves
Deerhoof , Chad Popple , Devin Hoff 01:58
14.
Kokoye
Deerhoof 04:07
15.
Small Axe
Deerhoof 01:20

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