Mountain Man: Magic Ship

Where does a sense of quiet fit within indie folk these days? During the last decade, some of the genre’s new staples—Iron & WineHiss Golden Messenger, Amanda Shires—have turned up the amplifiers as they’ve turned toward more elaborate production. But for Mountain Man—the hushed, harmony-drenched trio of Amelia Meath, Molly Erin Sarlé, and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, rarely accompanied by more than six strings and a tapped foot—it’s less about finding a quiet place than forging one. They started carving out their space on their lovingly ramshackle debut, 2010’s Made the Harbor, but an unintentional eight-year hiatus halted the headway. They’ve now reemerged with Magic Ship, a capricious turn through Appalachian, American, and British folk. Quiet? Perhaps. Subdued? Never.

Read the full review at Pitchfork.

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