I should really cut down on the amount of posts with episodic titles… bloody confusing. Anyway, here’s a post Keith did for Tuning Into Obscure that fits in the 7″ of Love series.
Artist: Mountain Cult
Title: s/t EP
Released: December 2011, vinyl 7” released on Dec 14th
Label: Puppet Combo
Format: 7” (free digital download via Bandcamp)
Genre: Punk, psyche blues, lo fi
Mountain Cult is a brand new group that sprouted out of the streets of Brooklyn this February. Despite being recorded so close to the birth of the band and with the running time of an average sitcom episode, this EP features a signature sound that comes off as one that is well formed and completely solid. If you take the raw dirtiness of the blues guitar work from The Black Keys and burry it in the ground with Blue Cheer’s most sludgy moments and let it ferment for several months until it pulls its decaying self u[ through the soil back to the surface, then you have the basic sound of Mountain Cult. They certainly exist in the world of the bands that they have previously opened for or are inspired by: X-Ray Eyeballs, The Stooges, Royal Baths, Cream, Easter Vomit, Queening, The Velvet Underground, The Boom Bang, etc. Another one of the reasons that they have achieved the sound that they have acquired is due to recording their music onto an old 4-track analogue tape machine.
Each song features a similar aesthetic but without becoming dull or redundant. It’s like hearing Mountain Cult at one of their gigs; each song is within the same general atmosphere but they’re all still individual enough to keep the audience entertained. In each song, the vocals take on a strange dream like quality by being wonderfully obscured with lo-fi murkiness and cave-like reverb. The entire recording is crisp with low fidelity sound quality, which in some circumstances could deter most listeners, yet it compliments each song by building a moist and warm atmosphere that cannot be duplicated digitally. The fact that this release is issued on a seven-inch piece of vinyl only adds more warmth and life to the recordings. The EP has some tasty pop rock like hooks, which can lure in most fans of punk and rock but without losing its individualistic vision. Basically the music here is brooding, dark and acidic (just like a good cup of coffee), but at the same time it can be downright danceable (albeit, some tracks would be better suited for slow dancing). I would expect this release to be enjoyed by fans of punk, acid-tinged hard rock and fuzzy blues-rock. I believe that through its crispy lo-fi blues sound and DIY punk like attitude and packaging, this EP could very well be a stand out release for the end of 2011.
4 out of 5.