Release Date: Sep 10, 2013
Record label: Triple Crown Records
Moving Mountains have always been one of those calm, smooth-tempo bands whose music I've thoroughly enjoyed. The emotion and soothing vibe that Gregory Dunn evokes on the mic clicks through and through and their self-titled album, their third full-length at that, proves their most grasping without doing anything extravagantly different.The flair and flashiness is something I'm glad Moving Mountains never blend into their records. As a band that seem more bent on substance over style, simple openers like "Swing Set" and "Burn Pile" are sleek yet brilliant emotional narratives.
Let yourself be enveloped by this atmospheric slow-burner... If you’re familiar with New York State quartet Moving Mountains, you’ll be unsurprised to hear that this third, eponymous album is something of a slow-burner. Their predilection for creating an enveloping experience through subtle atmospherics and the gentle lilt of singer Gregory Dunn isn’t for the easily distracted or impatient.
It’s become increasingly apparent that the first step towards truly appreciating any new release from Moving Mountains is to immediately forget everything that preceded it. The self-titled third full-length from the eternally evolving outfit is yet another departure from the intricate instrumentalism of 2007’s Pneuma and a drastic divergence from the more mainstream post-hardcore of 2011’s Waves. This time, they turn further inward, creating a largely subdued and straightforward rock album centered around frontman Greg Dunn’s breathy vocals (which are either getting better or just closer to within his range) instead of the drastic dynamics and sprawling arrangements fans might expect.