While they may be underground in the US of A, Canadian band I, The Mountain has slowly but surely started to make a name for themselves in their native land. The Canuck indie folk duo is the brainchild of Matthew Lamers and Matthew Rappolt.
Originating from Peterborough, Ontario, I, The Mountain formed in 2012 and released their debut EP Land & Sea not long after getting together. The EP earned them some recognition after being put in rotation on Canadian radio by the CBC and getting nominated for best album at the 2013 Wire awards.
After tasting initial success with their first record and sharing the stage with acts such as the Strumbellas, Elliot Brood, the Wooden Sky and Language Arts, I, The Mountain are back with a full length LP titled Two Birds.
I, The Mountain’s musical sound has earned them comparisons to bands like The Decemeberists, The Lumineers and Mumford & Sons. It’s not hard to see where that comparison comes from when you listen to tracks from the album like “Bare Hands,”, “Distance and the album’s opening track “Playing in the Forest.”
"Playing in the Forest" is an immediately palatable song the build with energy as the instrumentation gets more intense. The lyrics also bear comparison to The Decemberists as well as they are intellectually stimulating bleeding with allegory. They follow up with "Bare Hands" which is another success. The horns were a very nice touch.
Two Birds also manages to showcase other musical influences. This is particularly true of tracks like “Native Tongue”, a grungy, alt-rock song that sounds like it belongs on a Marcy Playground record and “Taking Flight”, an emo pop song that reeks of the 2004 Billboard chart. “Seas” ends the album with a sound that is reminiscent of Mumford & Sons in their pre-electric period and has a whimsical aesthetic thanks to an accompanying arrangement of horns and a glockenspiel.
If we’re lucky, this will not be the last we hear from I, The Mountain and they will cross over onto the American music scene.
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