Sure, Blitzen Trapper has gotten its fair share of attention on the ol’ series of tubes, but I’m finally getting around to the new album and can definitely say that the ongoing recognition is justified. Wild Mountain Nation is a strong, eclectic work that runs the gamut of modern rock stylings while revealing Blitzen Trapper’s penchant for alt-country. In fact the title track, chock-full of guitars that teem with Midwestern drawls and twangs, feels like a song crafted by an updated version of The Band. Yet, the album also finds them delving into mired weirdo-rock (“Hot Tip/Tough Cub”), noisy psych-prog (“Woof & Warp of the Quiet Giant’s Hem”), and Malkmus-like indie rock (“The Green King Sings”). And it works… quite nicely.
Download: Blitzen Trapper – Wild Mountain Nation
Download: Blitzen Trapper – The Green King Sings