Sebastian Grainger and the Mountains
The much anticipated full length, Sebastien Grainger & the Mountains, is well worth the lengthy wait. The album is like an electrified right hook, the poignant 12-track LP full of catchy anthems and unabashed exploration of the self. "I'm All Rage" kicks off with an unconventional beat with backing bass, before blowing into a cacophony of frenzied strings, while "I Hate My Friends" builds on strident guitar and a prominent ride cymbal before hitting its infectious chorus. It's impossible to sit through the disc without fighting the urge to tap your feet, clap and sing, hell, even pick up a guitar or set of sticks and jam along (note: to save yourself lifelong embarrassment, remember to close and lock your door when attempting that last one). "(Are There) Ways to Come Home" kicks off with slow, buzzing guitar and irresistible crooning, hits a ridiculously catchy bridge and eventually floods with distressed vocals, and "(I Am Like A) River" presents moody undertones with chaotic guitars, distorted bass and a touch of synth, before closing with beautiful repeat lyrics … "to feed this fire we're gonna need air. To feel this way I stop breathing." The only downside to Sebastien Grainger & the Mountains (if one can even consider it a downside) is the absence of the track "Map of the World," found on the American Names EP. The ballad winds up with sad, simple piano and ends in grizzled, wailing guitars and gut-wrenching vocals. As a nice consolation, however, the bass heavy, dance happy "Renegade Silence" courtesy of the Rhythm Method brings the album to a close. The cocky, aggressive stance that permeated the very essence of DFA1979 has all but vanished, leaving in its wake a mature, reflective, evolved individual and album.
CD / LP / MP3
CD / LP / MP3