This is a really enjoyable set. There are a multitude of influences that result in a really unique and warm blend. A little soul, a little blues, a little R&B, a little indie, all with a little lip sneer. Recommended.
Favorite track: Cardinal Cross.
Lyrics by Heather McEntire. All music written and performed by Mount Moriah:
Heather McEntire – lead and backing vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion
Jenks Miller – lead and rhythm guitars, electric piano, organ, mellotron, percussion
Casey Toll – bass guitar, upright bass, piano, organ, percussion
Additional performances by:
Terry Lonergan – drums and percussion
Angel Olsen – backing vocals on “Precita”
Amy Ray – backing vocals on “Higher Mind”
Mirah Zeitlyn – backing vocals on “Baby Blue”
Allyn Love – pedal steel
Daniel Hart – strings
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Matt Douglas – tenor and baritone saxophone
How to Dance produced by Mount Moriah. Basic tracks recorded by Nick Petersen at Revival Studio. Additional recording by Nick Petersen at Les Acres Mystical; Jenks Miller at The Chateau; Jeff Crawford at Arbor Ridge; Rob Dyson at Wizkid Sound; and Allyn Love, Daniel Hart, Todd Chandler, and Ryan Gustafson at their houses. Horn arrangements written by Jeb Bishop. Mixed by Brian Paulson and Jenks Miller. Mastered by James Plotkin.
Design by Maggie Fost
This album is dedicated to anyone who has ever felt the cold shadows of oppression or discrimination; to the misfits, the outcasts, the loners, the misunderstood, the underdogs; to the activists who devote their lives fighting for social justice; to the artists who exist to create and create to exist, even when the fruits of their labor are threatened; to the animals of the world who teach us unconditional love; to the healers and counselors who follow our pain and show us how to heal; to the community leaders who seek not to divide us, but to unite us in compassion and humanity; to those who pursue the expansion of mind and emotion; to the cosmos and to the magic; to the seekers.
Thank you: Merge Records, Alyson West / Ravenhouse, Shawn Nolan, Andrew Morgan / Billions, Bank Robber, Terry Lonergan, Nick Petersen, Brian Paulson, James Plotkin, Mark Nevers, Missy Thangs, James Wallace, Lee Waters, Joe Westerlund, David Kovach, the talented players and engineers who helped execute the vision of this album, our families, our friends, our loves, our dogs.
For Heather McEntire (of post-punk veterans Bellafea) & Jenks Miller (of heavy-psych/metal outfit Horseback) Mount Moriah is an outlet for a mutual interest in classic American folk & rock music. They live and create in North Carolina.
I just love the sound of this band, from their grungy twang to Adrianne’s captivating vocals and lyrics, and think they’ve done a masterful job at capturing that sound on this record. “Masterpiece” has a spot sitting alongside my favorite Wilco and Dinosaur Jr. records. Highly recommended! Jason Soditch