Magic Mountain

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  • The nearest to a call-to-arms as anything The Drums have done, the title refers to The Magic Mountain, a 1924 novel by German writer Thomas Mann. The song was released as the lead single from Encyclopedia, their first album in three years. "Let's knock them over the head and see what happens," vocalist Jonathan Pierce said of the track. "It feels like we're sticking our necks out."

    "Three years is a long time to wait these days, for a band like us," he added. "I feel like we've been given an amazing opportunity. This is an album about being yourself and protecting yourself. We made this beautiful record, so why be timid now about what we want to say?"
  • Thomas Mann's novel is set in a Swiss sanatorium high up in the Alps. The action takes place not only there, but also in a figuratively, a reclusive, separate world.
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