Monday, August 2, 2010

Mountain Man

Aren't you tired of all those boy bands with the words "girls" or "women" in their names? Well, payback is only fair. There are no Mountain Men in Mountain Man, just three very well-educated ladies who sing like angels. I reviewed their debut, Made the Harbor for Venus and it ran like this:

Mountain Man, the all-female trio of Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, and Amelia Randall Meath, make bright, beautiful harmonies, their voices woven tight in haunting, traditionally rooted compositions that play with folk, gospel, and plainsong forms. There’s very little accompaniment to these songs—just a bit of guitar—but that’s all they need. Any more instruments and it would be harder to focus on their best quality: the vocals, well matched in high, inflected folk purity, meet and jostle and harmonize around melodies of disarming simplicity.

The rest of the review

Listen to "Soft Skin" if you like.

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