Deerhoof announce guest-filled new LP, share first single ft. Jenn from Wye Oak
Deerhoof are back with a new album, Mountain Moves, which will be out September 8 via Joyful Noise. The album was produced by the band and features a host of guest appearances, including Laetitia Sadier (Stereolab), Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, Awkwafina, Juana Molina, Xenia Rubinos, and Matana Roberts. It’s also a clear reaction to world events of the last year, from the originals to the choice of three covers on the album — Bob Marley’s “Small Axe,” The Staples Singers’ “Freedom Highway” and Violeta Parra’s “Gracias a la Vida.” The first single from the album is “I Will Spite Survive” which features Jenn Wasner and which you can listen to right now. The song premiered on Democracy Now! who also had this note from the band:
In this world of tyrants and CEOs seemingly hellbent on achieving the termination of our species, perhaps the most rebellious thing we could do is not die. Should we survive the global warming, the lack of healthcare, and the bombs, a more humane future may await us. Maligned for shirking their capitalist duty, it is the younger generations we center. Safeguarding our consciences is only part of the daily challenge, since we also need to navigate corporate-owned electronic media which both aids and saps our energies. Fans of Wye Oak will be thrilled (as we were) to hear Jenn Wasner harmonize with Deerhoof singer Satomi Matsuzaki, while fans of Gloria Gaynor, Bee Gees, or The Bobby Fuller Four may detect homage in the lyrics:
“I Will Spite Survive”
You could outlive your executioners but you’re on tv.
Sleep at night, if you can stay alive.
Stay alive, if you can sleep at night.
City breaks, if you can stay awake.
Let her dance, all night long!
The voices of reason and humanity are puzzlingly but systematically iced out of our national conversation by politicians and media bought by large corporations. Whether we’re talking about money in politics, trade deals, surveillance, bank bailouts, healthcare, climate change, Middle Eastern wars, or wealth equality, the mainstream popular view is dismissed as unrealistically ‘far left,’ while the views of a small dissenting minority are advanced as acceptably “conservative,” “centrist,” or “liberal.” That’s why news outlets NOT owned by large corporations are so lovable, and Democracy Now! may be the most lovable of them all.
Stream the song, and check out album art and tracklist, below.
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Deerhoof – Mountain Moves tracklist
Slow Motion Detonation (ft. Juana Molina)
I Will Spite Survive (ft. Jenn Wasner)
Come Down Here and Say That (ft. Lætitia Sadier)
Gracias a la Vida (Violeta Parra)
Your Dystopic Creation Doesn’t Fear You (ft. Awkwafina)
Ay That’s Me
Palace of the Governors
Singalong Junk (ft. Xenia Rubinos)
Mountain Moves (ft. Matana Roberts)
Freedom Highway (The Staple Singers)
Sea Moves (ft. Chad Popple & Devin Hoff)
Small Axe (Bob Marley)