Black Mountain - Year Zero - The Original Soundtrack - 2012 Modern Psych Space Rock LP
Black Mountain - Year Zero - The Original Soundtrack
Label: Jagjaguwar JAG220
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Compilation
Released: 03 Apr 2012
Style: Indie Space Rock, Psychedelic Rock
A1 Phosphorescent Waves 5:11
A2 Bright Lights 13:03
A3 Mary Lou 7:43
B1 Embrace Euphoria 2:06
B2 Tyrants 7:43
B3 Modern Music 2:42
B4 In Sequence 4:35
B5 Widerness Heart 4:03
B6 Breathe 3:55
Bass Matt Camirand
Drums, Keyboards Josh Wells
Guitar, Vocals Stephen McBean
Keyboards Jeremy Schmidt
Vocals Amber Webber
Sticker on cover:
"Black mountain´s Year Zero soundtrack is nothing less than the band´s full, balls-out glory distilled down to one dense, 45-minute acid tab of music, featuring five new songs and five [sic] previously released songs.
Includes digital download"
A1,A3, B1, B4 and B6 are new songs
A2 and B2 from "In The Future"
B3 from "Black Mountain"
B5 from "Wilderness Heart"
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Barcode: 6 56605 22201 1
Modern psychedelic ROCK music at its finest!
Less than two years have passed since the release of Wilderness Heart, the third and most concision-driven album to date by Vancouver glory-rock band Black Mountain. That relatively short span feels surprising in light of their latest release, a nine-song soundtrack for the post-apocalyptic surf film Year Zero. Combining edits of their best tunes from previous records with five new pieces that tug at the range of their oeuvre, the set feels like the sort of compulsory stopgap a band might make after years of inactivity, not at the time when you'd expect a new record. A little like a greatest hits, a little like a soundtrack, and a little like a collaborative art project, Black Mountain's 51 minutes of music for Year Zero serve as a reminder of how good this band has sometimes been and as a tease of the music they might still make.
Year Zero pulls from each of the three Black Mountain full-lengths, spanning from the first tune on the first album-- the squiggly freedom march "Modern Music", with its shrieking horns and shout-along stoned vocals-- to the cascading, sloganeering title track of the band's most recent LP. Black Mountain's best and most cohesive album, 2008's In the Future, is the only title to place two tracks here; an edit of "Tyrants" washes into the sound of waves before it's ready, while the masterfully sequenced "Bright Light" trims the jam fat to go from almost 17 minutes to just beyond 13. That cut affords a perfect transition into "Mary Lou", one of the five new pieces. Of the fresh takes, "Mary Lou" is the most prototypically Black Mountain, building from a slow-burn intro into a chanted hook that eventually smears into a great exit, guitars and keyboards and harmonies flickering quickly until they slowly burn away. It's the sort of Black Mountain ripper that would've fit best on In the Future.
Elsewhere, the band tries new looks, especially since Amber Webber handles lead vocals on all of them. (That's a fortunate look for the somewhat ill-conceived Year Zero, too, a film about a "new world" in which women seem to do little more than party, look sexy, and cheerlead beefy surfer bros.) Closer "Breathe" swoops into a broad shoegaze arch, her voice the light of relief through a web of distortion and saturation. During "Embrace Euphoria", she calmly reads the film's new-order credo-- a short poem epitomized by "Put down your possessions and follow us into the infinite"-- above a set of interlocking synthesizer hums and whirs.
Webber also leads opener "Phosphorescent Waves", a march of drum machines and synthesizers that sounds at once foreboding and redemptive, the invocation correctly suggests dawn breaking after a night of violent squalls. She ends it with another poem, just as she opens "In Sequence", a placeholder piece of serial drum machines and synthesizers. Suggesting the elemental dance music of Manuel Göttsching overrun by his band Ash Ra Tempel, these three Black Mountain pieces don't force such psychedelic influences into rock'n'roll; instead, they suggest possibilities for the band by letting such ideas stand on their own merits. That is, on Year Zero, Black Mountain finally start to sound like an experimental rock band, not a rock band with experimental influences.
During Year Zero, director Joe G. cuts between these pieces, using the mass of music almost like a reel of footage-- cutting off sections, hopscotching between tracks, focusing on dramatic bits. At their respective bests, both the film and Black Mountain's music for it help tease out new, parallel elements about one other. At their most compelling, Black Mountain's long-form instrumental explorations imply a certain sense of danger-- all the pieces condense into a knotty mess, with guitars and synthesizers, drums and bass vying for room in claustrophobic conditions. In Year Zero, producer Joe G. keys on those moments, synching those uncertain bits with surfers who either emerge unscathed from a wave that seemed ready to wipe them or arrive frustrated, shaking the water from their hair on the shore while holding a snapped board. And whether it's the bass chug of "Mary Lou" or the slack-jawed insouciance of "Modern Music", Black Mountain's music is often pretty damn fun. And despite any escape-to-aquatic-Eden pretensions, Year Zero is a small movie with awesome shots of people on big waves. Somehow, a Canadian band named Black Mountain serves that purpose well.
Black Mountain - Mary Lou
weaves crunching, analog psych metal; futuristic droneouts; and, somehow, a twisted saxaphone ditty.
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Black Mountain - In Sequence
YEAR ZERO is a modern take on high performance surfing set in a post-apocalyptic world, reminiscent of Mad Max or an HG Wells novel. It tells a story of a band of renegade surfers, including Dion Agius, Yadin Nicol, Nate Tyler, Taj Burrow, CJ Hobgood and Damien Hobgood, on a road trip through the apocalypse in search of waves, women, and good times. The film's original soundtrack by BLACK MOUNTAIN, whom VICE MAGAZINE has called, "One of the best rock n' roll bands of our time," creates a sonic landscape that fully delivers the immersive experience that director Joe G envisioned for the film.
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Black Mountain - Bright Lights @ Glastonbury 2008
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Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart || live @ Roadburn Afterburner / 013 Tilburg || 17-04-2011
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