Wolf Parade moves on At Mount Zoomer

Even after all these years of listening to music fairly obsessively I must concede I haven’t developed the musical acumen to be able to dissect records on a decimal scale like some of the more advanced listeners. However, if I did give grades Wolf Parade’s second album, At Mount Zoomer would get four out of five stars for what that might be worth. The album was recorded in the Montreal church owned by Arcade Fire where Wolf Parade furthered experimentation by recording long improvised episodes and then proceeding to cut and paste them into the works on At Mount Zoomer. Wolf Parade are the exact opposite of so much of the fodder that is out these days, avoiding vapid passing side daydreams that might be pretty to look at on first glance, but hardly make you want to take a repeat trip. At Mount Zoomer shows intention, coming across as a rock album that engages in a neo-prog Out of the Blue (ELO) manner, showing imagination through twisting melodies and their numerous changes found throughout the record, breaking through to the ear in grandiose fashion. Moving forward from Apologies to the Queen Mary, At Mount Zoomer shows a band upping the ante with fresh arrangements and a sound colored by guitar, vocal immediacy, and some of the best sounding keys heard on record in a while. Speaking of keys, opener “Soldier’s Grin” and its refrain of “what you know can only mean one thing,” and its subsequent coming-undone riff is just a foreshadowing of the promise which continues on to fiery eastern rage on the outro of closer “Kissing The Beehive.” If you’ve got any room left in the old head, this one is as good as anything to fill it up with for a while. Check out the band on tour in July and August and listen to “Call It A Ritual” and “Language City” from At Mount Zoomer.

Call It A RitualLanguage City
July 7: Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
July 8: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
July 9: Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
July 12: Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
July 13: Seattle, WA @ Marymoor Park
July 15: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
July 17: San Francisco, Ca @ Fillmore
July 18: Hollywood, CA @ Henry Fonda
July 19: Hollywood, CA @ Henry Fonda
July 20: San Diego, CA @ Cane’s
July 21: Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
July 24: Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
July 25: Austin, TX @ La Zona Rosa
July 26: Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
July 28: Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
July 29: Raleigh, NC @ Disco Rodeo
July 30: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
July 31: New York, NY @ Terminal 5
Aug 2: Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Aug 3: Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Aug 9: Toronto, ON @ Koolhaus


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