Canadian psychedelic rock-band Black Mountain has just released their third full-length studio album Wilderness Heart
. The five friends turned bandmates began jamming up north in 2004 crafting songs that mince heavy rock tinged around the outside with some metal influence.
Their new album reflects a slightly more folk imbued design than the bands earlier more hard hitting work. But fear not Black Mountain fans, the bands’ latest brain-child is still structured around deep, low rumbling guitar riffs and raspy but precise vocals. Some of the tunes are strongly reminiscent of Queens of the Stone Age with a slightly more alt-rock feel. There is also a definite 70’s rock influence going on here but the slower pacing of “Old Fangs”, and songs like “Buried By the Blues” show the band being able to mold their sound into something wholly original.
Meanwhile across the Atlantic Swedish folk rockers Dungen have recently released their sixth studio album Skit I Allt (English translation: Fuck it All) courtesy of Mexican Summer. Headed by Renaissance man Gustav Ejstes, Dungen has seen many changes in its lineup since its inception in 1999 but Ejstes creative control has been a constant. The young Swede has sang, produced, and arranged, his way through six records thus far and he’s only 31 years old.
Though the lyrics are all in Swedish the bands 2004 release Ta Det Lugnt brought the band national acclaim within indie-rock circles. Their latest release is likely to help them maintain that extended recognition. Skit I Allt plays out an interesting menagerie of genres. To such an extent that its hard to define their style here.
Elements of classical, jazz, indie, and psychedelic rock intermingle in settled plateaus of sound. However, while Dungen is able to successfully synthesize these competing genres into a smooth, well-woven tapestry, the overall modus operandi at times seems indiscernible.
The best song on the album is probably “Brallor”, a rhythmic track that guitarist Reine Fisk leads with poignant and well-placed gritty riffing that evens out the songs lean on reverb. This year has proven to be a busy one for Dungen, marking the onset of their biggest international tour to date, including an appearance at indie-film darling Jim Jarmusch’s ‘All Tomorrow’s Parties’, a high quality alt-rock festival held in the woodlands of upper New York.
Brooklyn bred noisy pop-rock group Your Youth has just released their debut album Aloha. The album is an exercise in pop- infused fuzziness. Light, airy and head-boppin’ tunes fly off this record, making it an aptly named endless summer serenade.
“Rip Live” is a 90’s infused hard-drumming number that features sing-song lyrics. “Diamond” is a catchy- chorused riff which the band released as the first teaser single in early August. The EP can strike you as a little too repetitive at times, both in its structure as a whole and in it’s unfaltering adherence to 90’s band pop-rock styles. Still, Your Youth’s Aloha is a great choice for those wishing to extend their summer carefree vibe. An impressive first album sure to please indie-pop lovers.
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Psychedelia, folk, and a whole lot of rock can be found on the latest release from the Vancouver, Canada based quintet Black Mountain. The band released Wilderness Heart, their third studio album on September 14th. Their new album comes complete with a more polished sound that still holds true to their 70s-esque, psychedelic-rock feel.
Wilderness Heart, released on Black Mountain’s label Jagjaguwar, may be their most radio-friendly and easily digestible to date. Though, their uniqueness is not lost in a pop-filled oblivion. Frontman Stephen McBean’s vocals remaining slightly haunting with an old-school rock-n-roll flare. However, he seems to be projecting more and the vocals just seem more crisp specifically on tracks like “The Hair Song” featuring the sensual vocal accompaniment of Amber Webber. The song is not only one of the more palatable on the album it is absolutely delicious.
To achieve a more polished, mainstream sound the band used producers Randall Dunn (Boris and Sunn O))) ) and D. Sardy (Oasis and Rolling Stone). What is interesting is they recorded with Dunn in Seattle and Sardy in Los Angeles and you can almost hear the difference in location within the tracks. It seems as though the tracks recorded in Seattle have a much more mellow vibe. The differing moods on the album make for one complete package and though some disagree, one of their most ambitious and rewarding albums to date.
Keep listening to BreakThru Radio for music from Black Mountain and if you get a chance be sure to catch them on tour.
Black Mountain LIVE!!!
Sep 27 – Festsaal Kreuzberg – Berlin, Germany
Sep 28 – 59:1 – Munich, Germany
Sep 29 – Salumeria della Musica – Milan, Italy
Sep 30 – Bronson – Ravenna, Italy
Oct 01 – Circolo degli Artisti – Rome, Italy
Oct 03 – Le Romandie – Lausanne, Switzerland
Oct 04 – La Maroquinerie – Paris, France
Oct 05 – Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium
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Day 2 of the festival and we’re still amazed by just how many people are in attendance! Our day started with a free wine tasting in Austin, which included a very strange cooking demo. We think it may be on TV at some point. After that, it was off to the British music at sxsw tent for some BBQ, which tragically was gone by the time we got there. Either way, it was off to the Digital Freedom showcase at Cream Vintage, all Washington D.C. bands! – we were able to catch Pash, a band that you can hear on DJ Mojo’s show.
Their showcase was amazing- I saw Jukebox The Ghost for the second time and got one of their supercool T-shirts (which I wore to bed last night for those that were dying to know.) We had them on BTR Live Studio back in September. Seriously, they are good- and very nice! I parted ways with my fellow DJs at that point, trying to get into the Vampire Weekend show- sadly, I took a bus, waited for an hour to no avail- the venue was at capacity and the people at the door for whatever reason wouldn’t let people in as others were leaving. Dude at the door, if you’re reading this, what gives?
Defeated, I went to the New Zealand music tent for some free food and wine. Rodney Fisher, Pig Out, The Ruby Suns played- New Zealand really has some amazing acts (and the best food so far!) After that, I was off to the NME showcase, where I was able to catch scottish band The Dykeenies. Then I went downstairs to see singer/songwriter Wisely, who wowed the crowd with his melodies. You can hear Wisely on Front & Center with DJ Jeff K.
I then headed over to Mohawk Patio for a marathon rest of the evening. Bodies of Water, who I had never seen before blew me away! Their vocalist was amazing! Then it was time to see the much-anticipated Evangelicals. I had heard about this band awhile ago and couldn’t wait to check them out- they were an energetic blast into my night, but it was getting too loud for me- luckily Bon Iver was there to cool it down a notch. I took a little break inside during the next set, boy was I tired. Then…Black Mountain
Also, I need to apologize to the Canadian gentlemen who for whatever reason thought I was a woman by the name of Beth that he had met a few nights before. I know I shouldn’t have played along. I know it was wrong to hide my nametag and totally crush your dream of getting with this “Beth.” I don’t know what band she is in, but I probably shouldn’t have told you that “we” weren’t playing for the rest of the festival. In my defense, it was completely hilarious.
After all that fun I needed to get to sleep. Friday promises to be just as huge!
-Annie (not Beth)
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