Friday, April 15, 2011

Album Review: Mount Moriah - Mount Moriah

Heath McEntire of Bellafea and Jenks Miller of Horseback seem like and unlikely pair to play hauntingly beautiful alt-country music, but when they join forces as Mount Moriah, that's exactly what happens.

The self-titled debut album features simple, yet brilliantly written and arranged songs that always let McEntire's voice sit front and center.

From the opening moments of "Only Way Out," the music fits the song perfectly with slightly overdriven guitars and beautiful pedal steel guitar that perfectly compliments the melody and vocals.

From the driving beat of "Social Wedding Rings" to the soulful sparsity of "Hail, Lightning," everything falls into place.

"Lament" is a simple, yet fantastically catchy song that slowly builds from a guitar riff and organ to a roaring singalong. "Old Gowns" is a slow, sparse, open song with sorrowful strings and a somber melody.

With Mount Moriah being such a fantastic initial long-form offering from the band, mixing southern charm with such striking music, it's hard to imagine where they'll go from here, but I can't wait to hear it.

Mount Moriah will be officially released on May 3 via Holidays For Quince Records, but the band will celebrate the album's release with a free show at the Cat's Cradle tonight, April 15, with The Moaners and Filthybird.

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