Sunday, July 19, 2009

Mountain Home - Mountain Home - 2007

Quality: CBR 192 kbps
Label: Language of Stone, LoS002, US
01 The Sparrow
02 Battle, We Were
03 Comes, the Winter
04 Omie Wise
05 Nottamun Town
Joshua Blatchley: vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonium
Kristin Sherer: dulcimer, mountain dulcimer
Ilya Monosov: banjo, acoustic guitar, hurdy gurdy
Margie Wienk (Fern Knight): cello
Greg Weeks (Espers): producer, strings (arranged by), guitar, harmonium & vocal
Anonymous: vocal (after listening to first song "The Sparrow" we bet you can guess the lead singer...)

Written-By: Joshua Blatchley , Kristen Sherer (1,2,3)
Traditional, Arranged By: Joshua Blatchley (4,5)

Vocals: Marissa Nadler (1-4)
Vocals: Greg Weeks (5)

Boasting contributions from Greg Weeks and Marissa Nadler, Mountain Home's debut album stands as quite a first effort. Swathed in much the same haunting narrative and melancholy candor that marks Nadler and Weeks' own works its easy to see why Weeks chose this as one of the initial offerings from his Language of Stone label.
The album is short but packs a lot of emotional depth into its few tracks; shifting from orchestral tinges to more traditional interpretations of folk standards over the course of the album.
No matter how the band's style changes however, there remains an overwhelming tone of sadness that clings to the songs like a constant film of fog. This sadness keeps you coming back more and more to discover the source of the ache that hangs in both the male and female vocals. The band is about to embark on a short Californian Tour with Marissa Nadler so if you're on the West Coast keep an eye out.


Russell said...

Very underated band, excellent album, hope they do something else soon


Alejandro said...

Graaf your recomendation about this one, was very succeeded! I just fall in love with this record, specially with "Comes, the Winter" a very epic track! Thank You!

igi2r said...

Great album! One of the Marissa's best work - fascinating tape! Thank you for you recomendation, Graaf!

Anonymous said...

Very best album (and all the others of Marissa Nadler), thanks you very much for share Graaf!!!

Greetings from Dhaka, Banglaseh


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