Unlike 2016’s ‘The Magic’, written and recorded in one single whirlwind week, a quick-time coagulation of the creativity that streams eternally through Deerhoof’s band members, ‘Mountain Moves’ is a collaborative – though no less colossal – effort. In an expectedly unexpected move, Deerhoof have succeeded in producing a masterwork of art rock bricolage with the help of strangers and pals alike, and even, at points, covering the likes of Bob Marley and Chilean folk hero Violeta Parra.
The result? An unpredictable, winding exploration of the mainstream monoculture and innovative subculture symbiosis, which, as becomes clear, is not necessarily an advantageous one. Occupying both worlds simultaneously in order to wholeheartedly celebrate the latter, Deerhoof strive to broaden the reach of their music on ‘Mountain Moves’, which with its myriad voices, fast becomes an in road to, and embodiment of, communal conversation. Exploring fresh musical territories without leaving tradition behind following a two-decade career, ‘Mountain Moves’ is the LP of a band at their peak.
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