Released 11th November 2014
Right from the first chord of Mountains I was hooked and eager to hear more of what Slow Season had to serve up on this magical journey back in time. With tight, funky grooves that will make anyone want to get up and dance, it is a modern classic rock album that everyone can enjoy.
Mountains starts strong with the track ‘Sixty-Eight’, the first chord catches your ear and makes you zealous to listen on. Before too long the guitar riff builds and the drums thump you right in the chest. The full band enters with some fuzzy bass tones and sublime drum grooves. What catches my attention initially is just how vintage and authentic the drums sound. With a slight touch of reverb and distinct tuning, it seems that drummer Cody Tarbell channels his inner John Bonham. And how beautiful it is!
As the album progresses the listener is taken on an adventure back in time, with highlights from the sixties, seventies and even now. Yet another strong groove is featured in ‘Shake’, a laid back, bluesy slide-sounding guitar riff provided by guitarist David Kent, along with grungy bass from Hayden Doyel, pleasantly accompanies the drums. Vocalist Daniel Rice then begins with some classic vocal tones, perfectly in keeping with the vintage theme. This is a highlight of the album; the vocal performance displays such depth and timeless characteristics throughout Mountains.
What I love about Mountains is the live sound and the warm, organic feel of the album. Having a read of Slow Season’s biography, I learnt that the entire album was recorded analogue. In a digital world, where analogue is not utilized often enough, it is a breath of fresh-air to know that a band is being true to their influences and producing an album correctly in keeping with their vintage musical interests. Having produced Mountains this way, it gave the album a retro vibe that effortlessly comes across, particularly when listened to on vinyl. If you close your eyes, you can picture the band jamming together, just like Led Zeppelin did back in the late sixties.
Mountains is a treat for the ears and the soul. For anyone who likes and appreciates good old-fashioned rock, look no further; this is the album for you. With track after track of tasty grooves, impressive vocals and classic guitar riffage, Slow Season have produced an album that has depth and character like no other. Have a listen and discover a warm, analogue creation for the love of music.