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I don't know if the members of Blitzen Trapper have beards, but they sure sound like they do — their music is palpably rustic after the current fashion, but they're also astutely modern, and the contradiction is summed up, appropriately, in the title track. "Wild Mountain Nation" sounds like a glammy Grateful Dead, if that's not too ridiculous a juxtaposition — the halting sweetness of the vocal melody recalls "Uncle John's Band," minus the hippie schmaltz, but it's also unmistakably 21st-century indie rock.
With remarkable, concept album-like consistency, head Trapper Eric Earley's lyrics hew to rural imagery of horses and rivers and trees. See, Blitzen Trapper is going up the country, like so many bands did early in the Nixon era. Back then, electric guitars were the sound of modernity; the point was, they'd nonetheless permeated the hinterlands — it was an electric nation, from the redwood forests to the Gulf Stream waters. Nowadays, synthesizers, ProTools and samplers are available to even the most remote hayseeds, and so Blitzen Trapper's thoroughly American music is adorned with cheap digital baubles because, well, because everything else is. Even the strange, hiccuping riff of opener "Devil's A-Go-G0" sounds like a… read more »