When you read a bio that describes a band as “containing three drummers” you may fall into the trap of thinking this could be an attempt to recreate ‘STOMP!’ for the indie-music market.
Thankfully this is not the case. With trio ‘Mountainear’ there are no pounding plastic drums, tops of bins being used as cymbals, nor are there choreographed dance routines containing brooms. You are, however, left with four quite sublime tracks containing stand-out melodies and beautifully proportioned percussion.
Vocally each track is a triumph as the delicate voice of ‘Becky Browne’ is backed by the sultry harmonies of Louise Morgan and Zands Duggan. For three individuals so accustomed to the use of percussion this EP’s charm is its simplicity. The instrumentation here is used sparingly but quite effectively.
Title track and current single ‘Distant Camps’ uses slight piano and percussion that builds throughout to produce a heartwarming crescendo. It’s quite simply a stunning track that fully deserves its current good press.
‘Down the Line’ stands out on this release. It’s an up-tempo number but still has a feeling of being stripped back, allowing you to feel the whole range of percussion used throughout. I would suggest this is down to a culmination of very clever production and equally clever musicians at the helm.
The ‘Distant Camps’ EP is released on the 1st September, via Cocktail Music / Believe Digital.
2.Down the Line
3.Searching for Gold
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