At Mount Zoomer is a far better title than Kissing The Beehive. At Mount Zoomer is also better than Return To Cookie Mountain. I won’t slight them for that.
After getting exposed to a lot of the new material during last summer’s tour, it was easy to say that I was excited for the new album. “Call It A Ritual,” the first song leaked by Sub Pop, initially let me down a little. The song felt thin and drenched in a massive heap of reverb, which only amplified how odd the overall tone is. Live, it felt fuller and like it commanded more power. I persisted and with a certain number of listens, the fantastic details began to shine through, best shown by the subtle build backed by the charming strain to Simon Crug’s voice.
I think that the same will hold for the rest of At Mount Zoomer, judging by a listen to a few other tracks I found on hiding around the internet.
‘Fine Young Cannibals’ wanders, that’s for sure. Lacking the older kind of urgency that Apologies to Queen Mary held, the song clicks along with a persistent certainty. The spindly, loping guitar riff serves as a bed for Dan Boeckner’s vocals to rest upon and it bears a little 50’s nostalgia, recalling a song I can’t put my finger on. Like ‘Call It A Ritual’, there’s a melodic learning curve…stick with it though, because again the melody creeps out and stays with you.
‘Language City’ is a little more familiar than ‘Fine Young Cannibals’ sandwiching the familiar angular guitar and bouncy piano in with driving a beat. As it stands, it could be a song off Apologies To Queen Mary, but I’m not really prepared to punish Wolf Parade for producing something that sounds a little familiar, as the formula they previously perfected is music to my ears. The melody is strong and it builds to a satisfying release. Tracks like this certainly bode well for the rest of the album.
As release date is getting closer for At Mount Zoomer, so do the tour dates. Go grab a ticket to the show closest to you, as their live show will not disappoint.
07/17 – San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
07/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
07/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theater
07/20 – San Diego, CA @ Cane’s
07/21 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theater
07/24 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
07/25 – Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
07/26 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
07/28 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
07/29 – Raliegh, NC @ Disco Rodeo
07/30 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
07/31 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
08/02 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
08/03 – Montreal, Canada @ Metropolis
08/09 – Toronto, Canada @ Koolhaus