Friday, July 16, 2010

Mountain Man - Made The Harbor

Like a sailor hearing a siren's song this album pulls the listener in with it's chilling beauty. Vermont trio Mountain Man have put together a stunning compilation of Earth-tinged folk and  acapella songs that are akin to little girls playing patty cake under drying sheets on the clothesline. Though it is simple and short in duration Made The Harbor is easily one of the most enchanting albums of 2010. These three ladies keep it modest, the only instrumentation is the light picking of a guitar and most of the songs clock in at two minutes plus change. However, where Mountain Man's power comes from is their  powerful harmony. Fans of Fleet Foxes or Bon Iver understand what it is like to have a person's voice cause chills to run down their back. Mountain Man will undoubtedly be lumped in the category of campfire folk, their lyrics conjure up images of being surrounded by trees, and the love of nature or enjoying nature with a loved one.  Fans may be a little disappointed with this debut LP considering many of the tracks were recycled from their self-titled EP but honestly any new material from these talented ladies is worth it.

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