Distant Mountains – “Get Your Fair Share”

San Francisco-based rockers Distant Mountains impressed this past year with “Liquid Doubt”, a beauty with an ’80s tinge reminiscent of Echo & the Bunnymen. Their captivating atmospheric presence is once again prominent on new track “Get Your Fair Share”, the first look at their upcoming EP, A Small Few, out this spring. The release’s aim is to capture a “live band sound and feel”, the songs live-tracked with minimal overdubs, tracked and mixed at John Vanderslice’s Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco and Oakland.

“Get Your Fair Share” rides on a beautiful contrast of murmured guitars and effervescent keyboard glistening, in the primary wordless-croon hook specifically. It’s a beautifully successful track, with pulsating keys and shimmering guitars growing fully around the two-minute mark for a truly moving listening experience, especially as the soaring whirring occurs at 02:28 — here on, the track concludes with melodic power and grace, emphasis on a gliding guitar lead past the three-minute mark. This is a highly consuming effort that builds with precision throughout, providing a preview of what’s set to be an excellent EP.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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