Moving Mountains / Waves / Triple Crown Records
Foreword gutted listeners. It’s complexity, built from post-rock strings and climatic arrangements sketched something new. The EP tore alternative admirers away from what they were already attached to, blindly introducing them to an afflicting form of misery, an ache found in albums like Bright Eyes’ Lifted Or The Story.. and The National’s High Violet. The only difference: Moving Mountains are loud. Succeeding the 2008 disc, Waves fulfills in how it acts concise, letting atmospheric breakdowns evolve and fade with an exit that can be serene (“The Cascade”) or bitterly genuine (“Parts In Different Places”). It isn’t as striking in the sense textured explorations aren’t given enough room to breathe by themselves (“Once Rendering”), and thus can’t harness the hooking nature Moving Mountains are known to exhibit when their pitch drops.
Instead, the band balances aggression with compassion. Gregory Dunn’s voice ranges from a collected wail to an imposing yell, keeping “Always Only For Me” composed and setting the band’s energy aflame on “Alleviate”, a track that swells with momentum before it cuts deep. Dunn’s sympathetic lyrics are distressed, but they flatter Moving Mountains chords and poetic surges. “I can hear it in your voice, I can see it in your veins / I’ll put poison in your heart,” he explains, drained and tired of being conflicted, emotions still embodied in him since the band’s debut Pneuma. Brush aside the sympathetic half, and Waves deafens with the volume turned up (“Where Two Bodies Lie”), proving the almost three years of anticipation since Foreword were well worth the wait.
Download: “My Life Is Like A Chase Dream..”, “Always Only For Me”
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