Mount Moriah have just announced the first album of 2016 that is guaranteed to be on HearYa’s best of 2016 list. For those not familiar with Mount Moriah, they are a throwback twang band fronted by the vocal styling of Heather McEntire with a guitarist, Jenks Miller, that gets some of the amazing tones you’ll ever from a guitar. How To Dance, is their third album, second for Merge, and it will see the light of day on 2/26/16. Take a listen to the first track, Cardinal Cross, is below. Here’s some info on the album.
The North Carolina-based band Mount Moriah—composed of Heather McEntire (lead vocals, guitar), Jenks Miller (lead guitar, keys), and Casey Toll (bass, keys)—seem insistent to grow. If Mount Moriah’s self-titled debut showed them standing with sea legs, determined to dream their way free from the dark crevices and corners of alt-country’s stiff template; and if Miracle Temple, their second album, called that darkness by its Southern name and met it with fire; then their latest collection of songs, How to Dance, is a devotion to the cosmic light itself: moving towards it, moving into it, becoming it. Mount Moriah’s third full-length sees them stretching further to explore their collective interest in the intangible fringes of fate and synchronicity. With How to Dance, the band presents new themes of symbolism, mysticism, alchemy, universality, sacred geometry. There is color, confidence, self-direction, joy. There is also darkness, but only to show you how it found its light.
In I’m Not There, a film supposition of Bob Dylan’s life, the version of Dylan played by Cate Blanchett—the pre-motorcycle crash, Blonde on Blonde Dylan—says that “a poem is like a naked person,” and then, blending into the same line, “but a song is something that walks by itself.” Mount Moriah have created a continuous dialogue with humanity, with the metaphysical, with the ecology right in front of us. Here, in How to Dance, everything walks by itself.
Here’s our 2011 HearYa session
Here’s a link regarding their 7″ they just put out.
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