At Mount Zoomer like many albums I find came through Amazon’s “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” feature. I don’t know what I did before it. It’s truly one of the best ways to find new music that matches up with your existing tastes.

From the first track of this album you can get a good feel for how the whole thing will play out. Indie rock of course, but with a neat mix of 8-bit retro synth that was popular a couple of years ago and southern/country influence. Those may sound like a rather odd couple of styles to add. But on the whole they work well, and support rather than overpower the music.

Throughout the album the band relies on strong rhythm to keep the songs in context and flowing well. This is done with some really interesting and imaginative guitar and keyboard work. The way they flow and compliment each other is wonderful to hear. The highlight of the album.

But the rhythm work does have it’s darker sides. At a few points the emphasis is lost and the songs lose their focus. But more than that, the rhythm section contains too many contrasting ideas, and after a good start many of the songs seem to lose their consistency. With so much movement within single songs they start to lose their structure and unravel in the mind of the listener.

Bringing me to the vocals. The vocals rarely ever rise to take a dominant role. In fact in many of the songs you’ll find the keyboards are used to prop them up. There’s nothing particularly wrong with the singers, but in the production work on this record the vocals have been pushed into the background. And it really does hurt the album. I don’t know if it’s because both Dan Boeckner & Spencer Krug are sharing the roles. But it doesn’t work.

And so, for me at least, it’s a good, though fairly forgettable album. At the beginning of many of the songs I’m thinking to myself, “Oh yeah. Really love this into. Good Song”, but by the half way point I’ve already tuned out and I’m busy thinking about what I’m having for lunch. With average vocals and inconsistent song structure it’s not an album that enters my playlist very often. There are some really stylish parts, but unless you’re really struggling for new music to sink your teeth into I’d skip this one.

6/10
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