Wednesday 31 July 2013

Winter Mountain - Find, Follow

EP review by

As a site that focuses primarily on new and alternative music, it's only when an act has suitably impressive songs that we'd consider featuring music that's a little closer to the middle of the road. This debut EP from Winter Mountain unquestionably fits that description. We can mention some of the greats of the late '60s and early '70s that have been a clear inspiration here, with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Simon & Garfunkel being prime examples, and the duo even goes as far as to say they're influenced by the fabled Laurel Canyon and Nashville scenes. We think they'd have fitted in perfectly with that group of musicians.

The pair (an Englishman and an Irishman) have launched their career with a very competent trio of songs and don't come up short in the harmony department. Naturally the songs are primarily acoustic, but if you're thinking nu-folk then forget it. This is far better. The tender 'Whenever You Lay Your Head' shows a lack of bravado that's very welcome and lets the simplicity of the song speak for itself. This spacious approach also works really well on the livelier 'Sarah'. It's 'Shed A Little Light' that really stands out though and genuinely sounds as though it could have been penned by one of the greats we mentioned, yet has Winter Mountain's stamp all over it. It's the most upbeat here and also, unless you're particularly absorbed by the avant-garde, quite irresistible.

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