Artist : Mt. Desolation
Title : Mt. Desolation
Release Date : 2010-10-11
Store Date : 2010-10-19
Source : CD
Style : Pop
Record Label : Cherrytree/Interscope Records
Cat Nr :
Encoder : Lame 3.97 (-V2 --vbr-new)
Quality : VBRkbps / 44.1KHz / Joint Stereo
01. Departure 3:36
02. Annie Ford 4:20
03. Bridal Gown 4:57
04. State Of Our Affairs 4:38
05. Bitter Pill 4:05
06. Another Night On My Side 3:00
07. The 'midnight Ghost' 5:05
08. Platform 7 3:32
09. My My My 3:46
10.Coming Home 11:55
Mt. Desolation, the new band of Keane's Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin, release
their debut album Mt. Desolation through Cherrytree/Interscope Records.
Those who have visited Dublin will know that sipping Guinness by a fire in a
nice old pub while it's chucking it down outside is one of life's great
pleasures. It's also, as you can probably imagine, the perfect setting for
eagerly hatching wild ideas and schemes. And so on one such blustery and cold
night in September two friends, Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin, decided (whilst
in wildly animated conversation about music and probably also well on their way
to needing a taxi home) that they would make a country album. As with so many
ideas that come about on a belly full of Jameson's, in the cold light of day it
did not seem like such a good plan. Two English men trying to sing like Hank
Williams was definitely a recipe for disaster. The whole thing was forgotten
about in the time it took to recover from the headache that morning. But the
headache was to return.
Out of the blue a couple of months later Tim emailed Jesse a rough demo of
"Departure." Not wanting to be outdone, Jesse vollied back a demo of "Annie
Ford." Before they knew it there were half a dozen songs and without really
putting much planning into it, the idea to make a record was resurrected.
Enlisting the help of friends from various other bands the newly formed group
went into Eastcote studios in London at the snowy start of this year. With
production wizard Emery Dobyns (Anthony & The Johnsons, Noah & The Whale, Patti
Smith),, patiently manning the controls, the idea was to record as much of the
album as possible live. For the finishing touches, they experimented with
whatever extra noises they felt like (cue dustbin lids, anvils, bullhorns and
heavily distorted theremins) and a supporting cast of friends who would
regularly stop by and add their ideas, whether invited or not.
With the album completed in late May, Mt. Desolation announced details of a free
download, "State of Our Affairs," through their band blog after a deliberately
low-key debut gig at London's Luminaire in early June. The MP3 was downloaded
several thousand times and introduced Mt. Desolation with a haunting,
atmospheric ballad featuring a starkly plucked violin and a vocal by Jesse.
Within twenty-four hours, YouTube was already awash with live recordings from
the Luminaire show and to their fans, Mt. Desolation had progressed from a
tantalizing series of studio shots and cryptic messages on a blog, to a band
with an arsenal of beguiling songs.
The eponymous album opens with "Departure," a raucous, high-tempo hoedown of a
song, written and sung by Tim. Featuring The Killers' Ronnie Vannucci and
Mumford & Sons' Country Winston, it is a hugely spirited tune that sweeps with
an infectious rhythm and classic-sounding chorus. It's followed by "Annie Ford,"
a song written and sung by Jesse with a stetson doffed to Nashville. Jesse's
rich timbre evokes the spirit of the rapturous Tennessee era of country, and
serves as an accomplished introduction to another fine young songwriter.
"Another Night On My Side" is as reflective as it is warm and cocooning, and
features a beautiful duet between Jesse and Jessica Staveley-Taylor (one third
of the hotly tipped band of sisters known as The Staves); "Platform 7" revisits
the high-octane country rambling spirit of "Departure"; "Bridal Gown" is a
charming, soothing lament; and the bluesy "The Midnight Ghost" takes its
inspiration from Jack Kerouac's "The Dharma Bums."