Moving Mountains- Waves (2011)

Posted: May 11, 2011 by Is This Revolutionary? in Album, Reviews
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I’m going to be honest: I had never heard any Moving Mountains tracks before I listened to Waves. I expected to hear another Explosions In The Sky or Godspeed You! Black Emperor Clone: I was completely wrong. Waves by Moving Mountains is definitely a post-rock album, but it is heavily influenced by hardcore, pop and standard indie rock. What really struck me was the vocals; unlike most vocals in this scene, they aren’t masked by reverb, and are very present in the mix. This album has everything: pop vocals, screaming, strings, ambient soundscapes, catchy hooks, soaring guitars and a solid rhythm section.

Waves is confusing: One minute, there’s atmospheric keyboards, then heavy distorted guitars come in with clean pop-ish vocals, which will wander into a beautiful Sigur Ros-esque string section that abruptly gets interrupted by a brutal breakdown. This is one reason why I absolutely love it.

Rating: This is a very accessible album, but it isn’t whatsoever mediocre or un-original. In fact, this album is the exact opposite. The post-rock purist might hate this record because of the slightly commercial sound. For instance, if there is an album that allows the post-rock sound to really break from the indie scene to the mainstream, this is it [Editor’s Note: It’s being sold at Hot Topic. The proof is in the pudding]. Though Waves falls short of a masterpiece, I’m going to be playing regularly over the next couple weeks. Thanks, Ben, for the recommendation. I loved it. 4/5 kegs

|||Download|||Purchase||| <—-Purchase comes with free poster. Be sure to pick this one up.

J.

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