- Why There Are Mountains

Cymbals Eat Guitars - Why There Are Mountains
CRITIC SCORE
81
Based on 11 reviews
2009 Rank: #45 / 804
USER SCORE
80
Based on
31 ratings

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83
Pitchfork

Plenty of bands want to take you higher and even more are looking to get you down, but it's increasingly rare to find a record that sounds good with a AAA guidebook and a few hours to get to god knows where, as long as it's somewhere else. Despite the unabated use of adjectives like "sprawl

ing" or "sweeping" or "epic," the indie road trip album has become something of a lost art, with bands mostly forgoing dense, pent-up instrumentation that slowly unfurls and releases-- you know, that lonesome crowded sound. You could blame it on so many bands being from autophobic NYC, or that the Pacific Northwest gods of indie are still going too strong to already be a primary influence, but neither would explain New York's Cymbals Eat Guitars' Why There Are Mountains. While there's plenty of geographical signifiers on their debut, it's almost topographic in its approach, without hooks and choruses so much as map-like layouts of mountains and sloping valleys.

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DETAILS

January 20, 2009 / Release Date
LP / Format
Indie Rock / Genres
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 10 - Beats Per Minute
# 30 - No Ripcord
# 43 - Pitchfork
# 37 - Stereogum
MISC LISTS
# 3 - AoTY 2009
Track List
  1. And the Hazy Sea 
  2. Some Trees
  3. Indiana 
  4. Cold Spring 
  5. Share 
  6. What Dogs See
  7. Wind Phoenix 
  8. The Living North 
  9. Like Blood Does
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