Mountain Man: Made the Harbor (Spunk)

 |   |  <1 min read

Mountain Man: Dog Song
Mountain Man: Made the Harbor (Spunk)

Here's an unusual and interesting one: Mountain Man are actually three young women Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig and Amelia Randall Meath from various parts of the great USA who met at Bennington College in Vermont.

Inspired by a mutual love of a kind of alt.folk and old time country -- and a cappella singing -- they formed this trio and, accompanied only by gentle acoustic guitar, began writing and singing their own material which is clearly of those long traditions.

Recorded in an abandoned factory (some years ago I believe), this music has elements in common with Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes and other folksy types in that it works the lineage but its lyrics it can sound as contemporary as much as ancient.

And by virtue of where the sessions took place they also sound as if they are right here and right now.

You know for sure if they came and sang in your living room to a few friends there would be barely a breath taken. That's rare. 

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Tami Neilson: Dynamite! (Southbound)

Tami Neilson: Dynamite! (Southbound)

Country singer Neilson (originally from Canada) set the bar high on three previous award-winning albums. But this exceptional outing – five songs co-written with Delaney Davidson who also... > Read more

BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2009 An Emerald City:  Circa Scaria (Banished/Border)

BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2009 An Emerald City: Circa Scaria (Banished/Border)

Because the previous EP by this Auckland-based group was widely hailed at Elsewhere, and that there is now a profile of the band posted under Absolute Elsewhere, this will be brief. For my... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE BARGAIN BUY: Thin Lizzy; Classic Album Selection (Universal)

THE BARGAIN BUY: Thin Lizzy; Classic Album Selection (Universal)

Some think the only essential Thin Lizzy album is Live and Dangerous from 1978. Agreed in a way but . . . only three quarters of a brilliant live album, as we shall see. This six... > Read more

BIGGLES SHOT DOWN: But not by the Boche this time

BIGGLES SHOT DOWN: But not by the Boche this time

The thrilling air adventure of Biggles in World War One flew pretty close to reality. Take the case of the Belgian aerial observer whose balloon shared the skies with glue-and-matchstick flying... > Read more