Metal Mountains is melting me

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I know there's some discussion of this on the Tower Recordings thread, but I think it deserves its own. Went and got it after hearing a track on ian's EVR show last night (thx ian). My first favorite album of 2011.

Just gorgeous. I guess it's not that much different from a lot of other stuff -- droney dream-pop, shimmery psych-folk, whatever -- but the guitar playing is really great (reminds me a little of Fairport-era Richard Thompson, though I'm sure psych-folk heads can make more specific allusions), and all the accompaniment is mysterious and atmospheric in ways that aren't just gauzy fluff.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 2 February 2011 20:03 (six years ago) Permalink

any percussion?

mizzell, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 20:04 (six years ago) Permalink

No drums. A little glockenspiel or something.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 2 February 2011 20:07 (six years ago) Permalink

First time I saw Metal Mountains I was instantly reminded of Richard Thompson's guitar tbh--that's all Pat. Great guitarist.

not everything is a campfire (ian), Wednesday, 2 February 2011 21:06 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh man, if only I could live inside that youtube for a week. Nice!

seminal fuiud (NickB), Wednesday, 2 February 2011 21:17 (six years ago) Permalink

shit i'm gonna have to cop this

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 21:20 (six years ago) Permalink

get it guys!!!

not everything is a campfire (ian), Wednesday, 2 February 2011 22:59 (six years ago) Permalink

really liking this. like a warm bath.

nerve_pylon, Thursday, 3 February 2011 16:40 (six years ago) Permalink

damn this is awesome

basedketball (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 3 February 2011 18:03 (six years ago) Permalink

usually think ppl who talk about tone should be sent to gtr ctr purgatory but dude listen to that dude

standing on stage and I'm grabbing my crüts (Edward III), Thursday, 3 February 2011 18:10 (six years ago) Permalink

it's got some of the things i like about espers but way more adventurous and trippy...espers sometimes i feel like jeez i love this but is this bascially blackmore's night for cool ppl?

basedketball (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 3 February 2011 18:10 (six years ago) Permalink

haha I like espers too but they are very polite and orderly

metal mountains are mellow but there's something aggressive about their effects (and I'm not talking bout pedals)

maybe unfair comparison tho

standing on stage and I'm grabbing my crüts (Edward III), Thursday, 3 February 2011 18:24 (six years ago) Permalink

actually i came around to Espers III eventually, it's basically a wishbone ash record

basedketball (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 3 February 2011 18:43 (six years ago) Permalink

u guys are selling me on this and I haven't even heard it yet

"Moon Song" is my fave off Espers III

sleeve, Thursday, 3 February 2011 18:46 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah, this shit is gorgeous. listened to "structures in the sun" yesterday (in response to this thread) and am listening again now. so nice. love the way it sounds both mechanical/electrical and intensely human at the same time, gives it a nice lysergic heft. dripping with it, heavily flanged drones forever. would cop.

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Thursday, 3 February 2011 18:49 (six years ago) Permalink

physical release?

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Thursday, 3 February 2011 18:51 (six years ago) Permalink

It is kind of like a rougher Espers with a bit of Michio Kurihara thrown in.

seminal fuiud (NickB), Thursday, 3 February 2011 19:04 (six years ago) Permalink

Contenderizer, there is an LP out on Amish records, and I believe there is a CD as well, or will be one coming?

NYC heads: playing friday with woods & ducktails @ monster island.

not everything is a campfire (ian), Thursday, 3 February 2011 19:49 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah, their myspace says the vinyl came out on 1/25, but the amish site still lists it as a preorder. probably means it'll start showing up in shops in a couple weeks.

normal_fantasy-unicorns (contenderizer), Thursday, 3 February 2011 20:11 (six years ago) Permalink

we have it at our shop, and apparently tipsy mothra could buy one in knoxville.

not everything is a campfire (ian), Thursday, 3 February 2011 21:07 (six years ago) Permalink

damn i hope there is a cd

call all destroyer, Thursday, 3 February 2011 21:10 (six years ago) Permalink

amazon has the album for download.

not everything is a campfire (ian), Thursday, 3 February 2011 21:11 (six years ago) Permalink

my prefs for these things are basically cd >>> vinyl >>> download. so i'll wait a bit and maybe they'll put one out for me.

call all destroyer, Thursday, 3 February 2011 21:12 (six years ago) Permalink

This album is brilliant! Just listened to it for the first time, will post back once I've digested it properly.

It's on Spotify for European ppl: http://open.spotify.com/album/2LaxHmPOdv4AdbV4W48L5q

Daithi Lacha Flame (seandalai), Thursday, 3 February 2011 21:13 (six years ago) Permalink

Didn't even think of checking there, thanks!

seminal fuiud (NickB), Thursday, 3 February 2011 21:17 (six years ago) Permalink

I got mine via emusic, fwiw.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Thursday, 3 February 2011 22:12 (six years ago) Permalink

If you dig this you should buy it. Amish Records guy somewhat sadly tweeted that illegally downloads of this were through the roof (presumably purchases from the label were not). I'm going to the show tomorrow and hope to purchase the vinyl from the band.

I'm a huge fanboy of MV EE and it's nice to see the other side of Tower Recordings' sound representin' so hard with a record as gorgeous as this. First to seriously consider for the Best of '11 lists...

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Thursday, 3 February 2011 22:28 (six years ago) Permalink

that was a really good show. i had no idea samara lubelski was involved

kamerad, Saturday, 5 February 2011 05:40 (six years ago) Permalink

Definitely gonna pick this up. Turned a friend on to Tower and he's been getting me back into it, in turn.
Great timing, gorgeous sound.

Trip Maker, Saturday, 5 February 2011 06:01 (six years ago) Permalink

i thought their performance was good but goddamn the crowd was obnoxiously loud/.

not everything is a campfire (ian), Saturday, 5 February 2011 18:19 (six years ago) Permalink

^ people. at least if they're staring down at their phones (like they were at the last couple of shows i've seen) they're quiet.

this has an early-Kranky Records vibe to me; can't remember which... nz? roy mont.?

also, do Tower Recordings sound like this?

nerve_pylon, Saturday, 5 February 2011 20:31 (six years ago) Permalink

Wish I would have seen more of them at the Knitting Factory that night. I liked it. (And they did remind me of Espers, too.) Have to tell my friend Bob this is out now, he was into it.

Tower Recordings (at least what I heard of em, which isn't much) were a lot more gnarly and fractured and weird

dmr, Saturday, 5 February 2011 20:32 (six years ago) Permalink

What I could hear/see was excellent, but the crowd was terrible and a bad fit with the "vibe" of the band...seemed mostly people who had downloaded a Ducktails album the night before. I appreciate Monster Island for what it is, but it's pretty intolerable when sold out and the band is sitting, doing a slow burn thing. More than five or so rows of people back and you couldn't hear anything. Would love to see the Mar. 3rd show at Issue Project, but it conflicts with that solo guitar/dance performance thing Richard Bishop is doing.

Listened to the record twice today though and it's just lovely. They weren't selling any at the show (??). There is also a Mar. 20 show at The Stone. Samara has some duo dates with Marcia Bassett too:

http://amishrecords.typepad.com/news/2011/01/metal-mountainsfeb-4-monster-island-basement-brooklyn-with-woods-ducktailsmar-3-secret-project-robot-brooklyn-re.html

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Saturday, 5 February 2011 20:44 (six years ago) Permalink

Tower Recordings final LP, Galaxies Incredibly Sensual Transmissions is on a similar plane as the MM record, though less gauzy/dreamy. Their earlier recordings sort of veer between lo-fi indie psych and weird tape manipulation, fragmented loops and spacey trance-rockers. At their best they are amazing. "Folk Scene" is a good record and has some of the jammed out song-based approach mixed with the fragmented, bubbling weirdness thing,,, pretty important band for me personally.

not everything is a campfire (ian), Saturday, 5 February 2011 22:13 (six years ago) Permalink

Tower Recordings release on Siltbreeze, Furniture Music Fore Evening Shuttles, is very good.
Helen Rush's voice is pretty distinct, I think, so it's hard for me not to think of Tower Recordings as I listen to this Metal Mountains track.

Trip Maker, Saturday, 5 February 2011 22:28 (six years ago) Permalink

I've been adding that "e" more and more lately. Weird.

Trip Maker, Saturday, 5 February 2011 22:28 (six years ago) Permalink

This is odd in a good way.

Almost Tanked, Thursday, 10 February 2011 19:59 (six years ago) Permalink

nice interview:
http://gildedgutterblog.blogspot.com/

not everything is a campfire (ian), Monday, 14 February 2011 16:51 (six years ago) Permalink

They're playing in Brooklyn again on Thursday. Record release party with Specter Folk. Secret Project Robot in Williamsburg.

not everything is a campfire (ian), Sunday, 27 February 2011 19:55 (six years ago) Permalink

the youtube up top is wonderful.

Just gorgeous. I guess it's not that much different from a lot of other stuff -- droney dream-pop, shimmery psych-folk, whatever -- but the guitar playing is really great (reminds me a little of Fairport-era Richard Thompson, though I'm sure psych-folk heads can make more specific allusions), and all the accompaniment is mysterious and atmospheric in ways that aren't just gauzy fluff.

seems like it makes one think twice about how quick to be, in other cases, with words like 'shimmery', 'melting', 'gauzy', 'mysterious', 'atmospheric'.

j., Monday, 28 February 2011 05:00 (six years ago) Permalink

Record release show was great. Glad I happened to be in NYC for it. (And nice to enjoy Ian spinning between sets, too.) The mix was good, they were really hypnotic. Plus Helen seemed very sweet.

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Monday, 7 March 2011 16:08 (six years ago) Permalink

helen is the sweetest imo. she bought me a sandwich and refused to let me pay for it.

not everything is a campfire (ian), Tuesday, 8 March 2011 01:17 (six years ago) Permalink

just stopped by my local record shop and picked this up. so gorgeous! glad i bought it. everyone should by this....

gr8080 sings the blues (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 12 March 2011 21:32 (six years ago) Permalink

Agreed. One of the year's best.

Hem Gems, Saturday, 12 March 2011 23:09 (six years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

still loving this, fits almost any occasion or mood, easily one of my top [few] favorites of 2011

reminds me of aiko shimada's blue marble ― an album that i at one time loved, but haven't heard in ages. need to do something about that...

And the piano, it sounds like a carnivore (contenderizer), Friday, 10 June 2011 19:02 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah this is still in my top 5 albums for this year. Never heard of the Aiko Shimada, going to check it out now - thanks for the tip!

hipsters gonna hip (seandalai), Friday, 10 June 2011 19:15 (five years ago) Permalink

FUCK still need to get this

Trip Maker, Friday, 10 June 2011 19:25 (five years ago) Permalink

Never heard of the Aiko Shimada

aiko S is similar in general tone & vibe, but often jazzier and not quite so psychedelic. favorite track:

And the piano, it sounds like a carnivore (contenderizer), Friday, 10 June 2011 22:57 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah I listened to the album earlier, it's nice! I see what you mean about it not pushing the hazy psychedelic layering so far as MM. Will listen again.

hipsters gonna hip (seandalai), Friday, 10 June 2011 22:59 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah, exactly. glad you liked it! they're both somewhat reminiscent of angel'in heavy syrup, though more delicate, not so proggy/jammy.

And the piano, it sounds like a carnivore (contenderizer), Friday, 10 June 2011 23:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Still love this record.

one dis leads to another (ian), Saturday, 11 June 2011 00:42 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah this is still in my top 5 albums for this year.

^^^^^

something of an astrological coup (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 11 June 2011 15:13 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

sorry for show spam, but metal mountains are playing their first show in a while tomorrow night @ Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn. Also playing are Frankie Rose, Electroputas and Doug Shaw.

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Tuesday, 15 January 2013 18:01 (four years ago) Permalink

Golden Trees + quietly sipping whiskey made for a very compelling evening the other night.

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 15 January 2013 18:30 (four years ago) Permalink

Need to revisit this album.

Four days left to vote in the ILM End of Year Poll! (seandalai), Tuesday, 15 January 2013 18:31 (four years ago) Permalink

Any plans for a new album?

fart the police (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 15 January 2013 19:34 (four years ago) Permalink

there are new songs but i don't think they've recorded much recently.

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Tuesday, 15 January 2013 19:45 (four years ago) Permalink

It's really nice. If you are in a similar type of mood I would recommend Season on Earth by Meg Baird from the same year.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Wednesday, 16 January 2013 19:56 (four years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

They played abt a month ago in Turners Falls, MA and someone filmed it.
I haven't watched the whole thing yet but I wonder if you can spot Skotrok in the crowd.

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Tuesday, 18 June 2013 17:42 (three years ago) Permalink

was hoping this was bumped to announce a new album. any insider info, Ian?

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 17:47 (three years ago) Permalink

there are some new songs in that set, and i know they intend to record a record 'soon' but i don't know what 'soon' means. i know they haven't started recording yet. it's hard for them all to get together sometimes.

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Tuesday, 18 June 2013 18:21 (three years ago) Permalink

I get really excited every time I see this thread bump. A new record would be very welcome.

"Turkey In The Straw" coming from someplace in the clouds (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 18 June 2013 18:49 (three years ago) Permalink

ted lee posted that vid. he's good at filming stuff. he has quite the western mass archive on his youtube channel.

scott seward, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 18:51 (three years ago) Permalink

he just posted this from a week or so ago. if you like outsounds.

scott seward, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 18:53 (three years ago) Permalink

we have fun here

scott seward, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 19:01 (three years ago) Permalink

<3 paul flaherty. i want all of his eighties records w randall colburn etc. are those common in your area, scott?

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Tuesday, 18 June 2013 19:57 (three years ago) Permalink

nineties records, i guess. i see only one from the late eighties.

i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Tuesday, 18 June 2013 20:06 (three years ago) Permalink

The one I remember being really great was called Cydonia I think? Whatever happened to RC?

Jimmywine Dyspeptic, Tuesday, 18 June 2013 20:55 (three years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Listening to this again for the first time in a while, it's definitely one of my favorite albums of the decade. Not so much dreamy as dreamlike.

(Apologies to anyone hoping a thread revival meant new album news)

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Saturday, 20 May 2017 02:00 (four days ago) Permalink


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