Mountain Man – Magic Ship (intimate folk)
This album seems perfectly timed with the emergence of the recent fall weather, and would accompany a brisk walk under changing leaves quite nicely. The harmonies between Amelia Meath (of Sylvan Esso), Molly Erin Sarlé, and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig sound as if they are coming from one voice while the scarce accompaniment gives each the appropriate space to exist individually. Amelia Meath, specifically, has one of the most thoughtful and genuine sounds I have heard in a while. Definitely give this group a chance is you like Sylvan Esso – although its a bit more acoustic and bare, I think that Magic Ship by Mountain Man evokes a similar vibe vocally and aesthetically.
The Jack Moves – Free Money (soul / skate-funk)
Although The Jack Moves has yet to release their full album, Free Money, I felt that the three tracks that I did receive were worth noting. “Three The Hard Way” sounds like it was recorded decades ago with lead singer, Zee Desmonds’ soulful falsetto swaying easily over sweet harmonies and lazy guitar strums. “Money Clouds” is much more eclectic and percussive with delay being a big contribution to the overall vibe of the song. “Nasty” is probably my favorite track because its just fun and light hearted. Give it a listen when the full length album is released on October 19th!