Sad Cypress – ‘Magic Mountain’


From Cardiff-based artist Sad Cypress, Magic Mountain presents a captivating folk sound with ample heart. Aesthetically standing out in its range, from the string-laden expanse of “We All Have The Best Times” to the intimate acoustical folk of “Limonene,” Magic Mountains reveals a sound with longing appeal.

Sad Cypress wrote the album during a tumultuous time at university. “I was away at university with lots of deeply held thoughts and feelings without much of an avenue for expression,” Sad Cypress says. “I was fragile and that state of being is reflected in the music – a state that couldn’t have stood putting myself out there.” Now returning to music and performing, Sad Cypress thoroughly stirs with Magic Mountain and its heartfelt alternative folk sound.

The intimate, spontaneous feelings are echoed in the songwriting and creative process. “All the songs were recorded in the bedrooms I occupied in various shared houses over my time living in Bristol,” the artist explains. The creeping guitars of “The Door” show a darker envelopment, while the frolicking lushness of “Stars Of” engages with its lo-fi resonance and twinkling keys. Magic Mountain is an emotive folk success from Sad Cypress.

“Stars Of” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of June 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

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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