There’s a lot of words I could use to describe Baltimore’s Secret Mountains (rock, psychedlic, dreamy) but intense seems to be the one I usually drift to. On the upcoming debut LP, Rainer, their music hits a downpour of emotional intensity that I happily stroll through. The beauty is that they don’t achieve this through the ordinary standards – loud guitars, build-ups, kicked out drums – they bring it on through finely tuned arrangements that balance every element. The result is an ocean of fluxating mood…and intensity. ”Coasting”, the first single, is a prime example of that…and a song that I’ve played a bit too many times today.
Rainer comes out on February 26th via Friends Records. You can pre-order it here.
Tomorrow night there’s a pretty rad show going down at Baltimore’s Windup Space. One of my faves, Secret Mountains, is bringing their force to North Ave. Rumor has it, they have an album due out early next year and sometime very soon we’ll be hearing some new sounds from them. Also on the bill is Bmore’s Other Colors and Holy Ghost Party (both of which have some tremendous releases out on Gen Pop) and Brooklyn’s SoftSpot. RSVP here. See you there?
Tonight there’s a sweet one going down at the Golden West Cafe featuring Baltimore’s Secret Mountains, Lands & Peoples, and Happy Family as well as Son Step from Philly. Doors are at 10pm and it’s a reasonable $6. RSVP here.
Today the new PORTALS mixtape dropped and it features Baltimore’s Secret Mountains and a sweet new live version of “Make Love Stay”. They will also be a part of the PORTALS SXSW showcase on March 15th (details). The mix also features new tracks from the other showcase performers (The-Drum, Dreams, Chrome Sparks, Hundred Waters, etc.). Head on over there to download/stream it.
Looking for music to desaturate or dry off to? Then stay clear of The Metro Gallery tonight. The sounds pouring from that fine establishment will surely drench your mind and ease the soul. Bmore Musically Informed presents the lush and loud variety of Secret Mountains with two other faves of mine – Soft Cat and Arches. You should friggin’ go. Here’s the FB Event page…and here’s some audio:
mp3: Secret Mountains – Rejoice
mp3: Arches – Headlights
I haven’t done one of these in a while, but there’s a sweeeeeeeet show happening Saturday right here in our city of charms that should sate whatever audio mood you might be in…as long as you want it loud. Dope Body, Hume, Secret Mountains, and Roomrunner (feat. Denny Bowen of Double Dagger, Dan Frome of Chrome Dome fame, John Jones of Each Othrs and Bret Lanahan of Like Patterns) all collide their sonic booms into the small confines of the Current Space. $5 – be there.
mp3: Dope Body – Enemy Outta Me
mp3: Hume – Grip
mp3: Secret Mountains – Weepy Little Fingers