Mountain Man, newly signed to Bella Union, play the Deaf Institute tonight as part of a short UK tour – and it promises to be a special evening. The Vermont trio of Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, and Amelia Randall Meath are attracting some great praise for their antique lullabies and (largely) acappella folk: "They sound as old as the hills and as current as some micro-genre that doesn't have a stupid name yet. With woodsy acoustic guitars and lilting, reverbed harmonies, [Mountain Man] set up camp between the old-timey lilt of Alela Diane or Fleet Foxes and the laid-back lo-fi vibes of pals like Real Estate" (Pitchfork).
Bella Union are on a roll this year (see cracking albums from John Grant and The Acorn for starters) and the Mountain Man album "Made The Harbor" seems to join this bandwagon:
"If Mountain Man were to pack any more nature into the half-hour of music on their rather beautiful debut album, they'd need a cannery. Buffalo, herons, moths, dogs and honeybees are just a fraction of the dramatis personae. The setting is, in part, Vermont, where the three members of the band – all female, contrary to the name – met at college. Appalachian folk informs the sparse instrumentation (usually a lone, slow-plucked acoustic guitar), the complex harmonies and the lyrics, which also invoke black hills and Mississippi swells. The sound is austere but there are riches here, yielded over time". (The Observer)
Support comes from Kait Devoy (ex-John-Peel-favourites Ella Guru). Advance tickets are just £6
Mountain Man - Soft Skin by Bella Union
Mountain Man - Animal Tracks by Bella Union
Made The Harbor [BUY]