Made The Harbor
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Each song is a tiny piece of acoustic and harmonic perfection. If you like good old fashioned music with guitar, and three awesome young female singer/songwriters, then I cannot recommend this highly enough.
It's folk/blue grass/country/rock/ballad/poetry/melody/uplifting/soul surging music, and I just cannot give this high praise enough.
The only two albums I'm listening to at the moment are Billie Holiday (100 songs) & 'Made The Harbor' by Mountain Man.
Like the other excellent review I agree that stand out songs are 'Swee swee' and 'Soft skin', though having said that the first time I heard it I felt as though all the songs blended in together. They harmonise beautifully through out in a style that is so graceful it appears effortless. Somone compared it to the siren scene from 'O brother where art thou' and I entirely concur.
At times it feels almost religious as in something you could hear without fear of sacriledge in a Cathederal. The only real criticism is that you will need to persevere in order to appreciate the differences in the songs as the lack of many instruments save a guitar tend to lean toward a feeling of deja vu, but in an altogether pleasant way. I hear thay are very good live too.
Hot on the heels of last year's well-received, self-released and eponymous debut, this Vermont-based, all-girl trio again capture the barely-there atmospherics of acts like Tiny Vipers, perhaps as fronted by some sepia-toned, Prohibition-era Marissa Nadler. The achingly familiar and gently drifting "Sewee Sewee" and "Soft Skin" are most strongly in this vein and are particularly affecting and beautiful as a result.
The rich vocal harmonies on offer are largely a cappella and sometimes religious in sound and lyrics ("Babylon"). Coming with the sparsest of acoustic accompaniment, the girls' thirteen wispy tracks are intangible, steeped in history rather than bourbon and completely lost in time. Their dog-eared tales - as relevant today as then - are seemingly carried in and out of earshot on fleeting breaths of melody.
Made The Harbor drips in reference to the "mighty Mississippi" and, in particular, "How'm I Doin" rings with timeworn blues and gospel tints that convey a not-so-long lost, deep South ambience. Mountain Man's bucolic collection of olde worlde songs are delivered with contemporary affection, and their combined efforts duly seem as wise, ever-present and old as the hills from whence their influences came.
Advised downloads: "Sewee Sewee" and "Soft Skin".
I must begin by outrightly stating my belief that Mountain Man are an incredible band - I would recommend looking them up on YouTube to find their live performance videos, which typically comprise of just the three singers and just a guitar - a very small selection of parts that creates a full bodied sound. While listening to the record, there's a true sense of each member and each instrument. Their sound seems to be taking inspiration from classic American folk music and this is definitely an album that feels like it should be listened to while in the American countryside. The simplicity of the pieces creating a feeling of unparalleled wholesomeness.
Personally, I found the album's opening to be the strong point. "Buffalo" has an infectious melody, while "Animal Tracks" is my favourite song on the album. "Soft Skin" is another great track. Some songs just aren't to my taste and thus the four star rating.
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Mountain Man are three young ladies from America who met not so long ago at college in Vermont. This, their first widely available album, has a live feel to it which places them... Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2010 by Multi Pass
Made The Harbor
Was lucky enough to see Mountain Man at the Green Man Festival last week. Perfect, aching harmonies that silenced a feisty and rain drenched crowd. Read more
I love music that feels real and hasn't been overworked or forced. This album is as real as you can get. Their voices are so gentle and the harmonies are just beautiful. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2010 by Ms. Georgia M. Macdonald