Only one year ago, in April 2016, local psych-drone outfit Mt. Mountain released one of the best West Australian albums of the year with Cosmos Terros. On April 24, 2017, they’re set to do it all again with the release of follow up, Dust. Mt. Mountain also launch an Australia-wide tour in Perth on May 13 in what promises to be a unique and interesting venue, the North Perth Town Hall.
Now signed to UK label Cardinal Fuzz, since forming in 2012 Mt. Mountain have built a reputation as a compelling live bands, a distinction that has seen them share stages with myriad Australian and international heavyweights including Sleep, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Thee Oh Sees, Endless Boogie, Tortoise, Bardo, Pond and Boris.
On Dust Mt Mountain have laid down four tracks that capture the atmosphere of red/orange landscapes that consume the Australian Outback. Opening with the slow burning, 17 minute title track, it builds on an incessant drone and flute, forming a ghostly, menacing and meditative rhythmic and repetitive throb that builds and builds before the release comes and the bands shatters into a heady and thunderous elliptical crunch.
Over the course of the LP Mt. Mountain capture a dreamlike mood of shimmering dust filled landscapes where slow strummed guitars and single note organ lines ebb and flow, bringing to mind Dylan Carson’s Earth as played by mushroom ingesting elves. Dust is psych rock meditation music and deserves to be heard.
Dust is out April 24. Mt. Mountain play the North Perth Town Hall on May 13.