Mountains of Jura – ‘Mountains of Jura’


Strutting a deeply hypnotic rock sound reminiscent of Spiritualized and Slowdive, Los Angeles-based band Mountains of Jura build compelling soundscapes through patient guitar-laden textures and lulling rhythms. Vocals emerge with melodic and tonally relevant qualities, though largely the album builds on its powerful instrumentation to create a myriad of stirring moments.

The band’s self-titled album shines with a darkly melodic rock sound, parts ’80s post-punk and ’90s alt-rock. “Lost Somewhere” is a brooding gem characteristic of the former niche; its “are you lost somewhere?” build is complemented by gorgeous guitar glistening and a gentle bass push. Cascading guitars and bass-y pulses on the closing “I Walk Alone” eventually fall gracefully into shimmering acoustics, the bass line exuding a graceful post-punk enigma. The track is a stellar, emotive closer to a fully impressive release.

Stream the album below:

The band elaborate on the album’s creative process:

“All of the songs from this album were developed through improvisational jams within our rehearsal space. Usually, a song would start with a riff, chord progression, or bass line that the other members would add to, often playing the same part over and over until the right vibe was found. Once a groove was found, Daniel would improvise a lyric and melody. We would record these jams so they could be developed into full songs. Later, Daniel and Jason further refined the lyrics based on a phrase or word that caught their ear during the jam.”

“Lost Somewhere” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of May 2022’ Spotify playlist.

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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