ha ha tonka Heart-Shaped Mountain (CD, £12.50)label: bloodshot
Over their history, Ha Ha Tonka has recorded four critically acclaimed albums, toured the world, played Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, and appeared on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations. Through it all, these Ozarks natives have made friends, found love, started families, and grown and matured together. Heart-Shaped Mountain is a reflection of that development and maturity. Once aptly summed as "Indie-Americana, where Alabama meets Arcade Fire," Ha Ha Tonka has expanded their sonic palette, unveiling balanced, sublime, pop radio-accessible heights and an emotionally broader, post-punk songwriting range a la Apache Relay or a less enigmatic Jonsi, while keeping their trademark harmonising vocals, jangly Southern revelry and crunchy hooks fully in tact. At its core, Heart-Shaped Mountain is an album about love and growth. At a time when divisiveness fills the headlines, Ha Ha Tonka is fighting the good fight, building narrative-tributes to friends and loved ones, memories past and prospects of the future.
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