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REVIEW: Black Mountain -  IV

REVIEW: Black Mountain - IV

By: Jess Sanchez
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A review of the Black Mountain album IV.

 

Black Mountain has released a truly special album this month, demonstrating growth musically and a perfected sound so undeniable, visions of Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac will flicker in your mind . IV is Black Mountain's fourth album  and takes you back to a time when rock and roll music could be a whimsical escape from reality.


IV begins with the sprawling expanse, “Mothers of the Sun,” a song that makes good use of all the Classic Rock criteria: fuzz, organ, tambourine, synth, flute, male and female vocals singing psychedelic lyrics, and long, drawn out instrumental periods bringing it all back around with heavy, fuzzy, rock and roll. To someone like me who prefers the sound of the 70's to most music today, it's unspeakably comforting that some bands today can utilize the spirit and sound of the past while moving forward, and not sounding clich├ęd or stale.


The rest of IV teeters between up tempo synthesizer rock and slow, extravagant, psychedelic pieces. The vocals sung by Stephen McBean and Amber Webber stand out to me, Webber's in particular, being so soulful and sincere, even ethereal. The track “Line Them All Up” is a goose bump rendering haunt of a song, paced by the languid strumming of an acoustic guitar. Webber's sorrowful vocals glide through the crescendo of an orchestra and back again leaving you breathless. There are several gems on IV that could be potentially life-changing.


Black Mountain really has something here, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as one of the best albums of the year so far. I’m trying not to be biased, as I love this style of music and I always tend to favour Canadian bands being Canadian myself. Even if that weren't the case, I'd still love this album because it's beautiful, it's an experience, and despite making use of 70's standards, it's completely unique.

 

Black Mountain - IV


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