Desert Noises - Mountain Sea (2011) [FLAC]

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Artist: Desert Noises
Release: Mountain Sea
Discogs: 3447231
Released: 2011-09-06
Label: Northplatte Records
Catalog#: SR002
Format: FLAC / Lossless / Log (100%) / Cue / CD
Country: US
Style: Rock, Indie Rock


CD1. Highway Cars
CD2. Bible Study
CD3. Tell Me You Love Me
CD4. Oak Tree
CD5. Your Wolf
CD6. Hey Ah
CD7. Dressed Like A Ghost
CD8. Up The Mountain
CD9. Smoke Breathing Monsters
CD10. Where I Go

Desert Noises are a four piece group out of Utah who play alternative rock with a heavy dose of folk aesthetic. The groupΓÇÖs alternative folk style might beg an immediate comparison to acts like Fleet Foxes or Local Natives, though Desert Noises also often straddle the gap between moments of pop and even psychedelic rock. Front-man Kyle Henderson has a rich voice with a certain aged quality that adds a touch of melancholy, reflecting the lyrical content. Henderson croons about heartbreak, falling in and out of love, and displays a constant love for evoking simple nature metaphors. On one of the albumΓÇÖs strongest tracks ΓÇ£Oak TreeΓÇ¥ we are treated to the albumΓÇÖs title, as he compares a relationship to watching mountains fall into the sea. While the images present on this record always feel very appropriate for whatΓÇÖs going on in the tune, expect the best story-telling when he chooses to express his daily-life; these moments often feel the most genuine, as on ΓÇ£Your Wolf or Bible Study.ΓÇ¥

The instrumentals on Mountain Sea are always tastefully playful, with auxiliary instruments occasionally adding richness to these very groovy songs. The guitarists and rhythm section do a wonderful job of creating a sound thatΓÇÖs familiar but a little more aggressively groovy than other similar bandΓÇÖs output. The musicianship is consistently superb, but occasionally the production feels a little too familiar to the point where itΓÇÖs not doing much for the mostly intriguing songwriting. This is mostly rectified by how much of a progression their sound goes through over the course of the LP ΓÇö when they do experiment more it pays off gorgeously.

The last few tracks on the album seem to progress both musically and lyrically into something a little freer, as ΓÇ£Dress Like a GhostΓÇ¥ melts into an almost shoegaze-like ending, and ΓÇ£Smoke Breathing MonstersΓÇ¥ being the albumΓÇÖs undeniable ballad. Through the whole of Mountain Sea there are well placed, albeit simple, harmonies and a sense of momentum that early releases from bands rarely are able to convey. ItΓÇÖs clear Desert Noises meant to craft an album with a concrete beginning building to an end, but Mountain Sea has me even more excited about where theyΓÇÖll go next time, as opposed to where weΓÇÖve left off here. But for now, Mountain Sea will satiate this desire just fine with itΓÇÖs pleasant musicianship and deceptively engrossing lyricism.		
Desert Noises - Mountain Sea (2011) [FLAC]/01 Highway Cars.flac 23.449 MB
Desert Noises - Mountain Sea (2011) [FLAC]/02 Bible Study.flac 20.996 MB
Desert Noises - Mountain Sea (2011) [FLAC]/03 Tell Me You Love Me.flac 23.657 MB
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