When I first heard Mountain Man’s Animal Tracks, the simple chords and hauntingly immaculate harmonies left in my mind no room to question the irony of their name.
Comprised of three ladies from Vermont, they describe themselves as “a creature growing from three mouths: Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Amelia Randall Meath.” They sound like the hills, like the crisp winter air. What comes out of them is a sort of true modern folk–handcrafted songs that emerge straight from their fingers and their vocal chords, songs built upon three soft and powerful voices that often intertwine to create one, immense, mountainous sound.
Signed to Underwater Peoples, they seem to be in good company, alongside Real Estate, Pill Wonder, and Alex Bleeker and the Freaks. And though they have yet to release a true album, their songs are available for free download at their BandCamp page, and fortunately they will be releasing a 10″ soon.
Below you’ll find a couple of videos–each of which provides us with a momentary escape from our modern world’s electronica-suffused musical self-alienation.