Black Mountain's "The Hair Song" Is the Poppiest Thing They've Ever Done

Walter Wagner
Artist: Black Mountain

Track: "The Hair Song," from Wilderness Heart (due Sept. 14)

Label: Jagjaguwar

Release Date: It's out now.

Rating (Skip, Stream, Buy): Buy

Download: A sampler pack including track from all of Black Mountain's records, including Wilderness Heart

Local Show: Black Mountain co-headlines Showbox at the Market with The Black Angels on November 29

It would be easy to peg Black Mountain's recording of such a breezy summer pop single as a sell-out move. In fact, it's an accomplishment to bring their propulsive psychadelia down to a place where the masses can get a taste without sounding hollow. The result is more southern pop than stoner rock, and that's just fine. The move -- or, at least experimentation-- is the opposite of stagnant and the inversion of self-indulgent.

Let's hope "The Hair Song"--meant to played with the top down on I-90 between Missoula and Rapid--is part of collection of songs on Black Mountain's Wilderness Heart (Sept. 14) that weds the band's proclivity for California pop with the droning, dusty, psychedelic fuzz that this indie-rock jam band does better than the rest.

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