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Sylvan Esso – “Play It Right” Video

Sylvan Esso is the side project of Amealia Meath of Mountain Man and Nick Sanborn of Megafaun. A few years back, Mountain Man released a folkier version of “Play It Right.” With Sylvan Esso, Meath revisits the track, but Sanborn plugs a synth-pop beat into the chorus. Now the band has paired “Play It Right”… More »

By: Taylor Law / April 28, 2014 - 11:21 am

Mountain Man – “Around And Around” (John Denver Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Back in 2010, the Vermont trio Mountain Man released the lovely, harmony-coated folk album Made The Harbor, which brought serious levels of bucolic charm. (When I saw them at SXSW that year, they said it was the first time they’d performed with microphones.) Since then, the band put in serious time touring as Feist’s backu… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 19, 2013 - 11:04 am

Sylvan Esso – “Play It Right”

Sylvan Esso, a collaboration project between Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath and Megafaun’s Nick Sanborn, dropped “Play It Right” today — the lead track from the second A side of their upcoming “2 A side” 12″, Hey Mami/ Play It Right. The song is off-kilter and unpredictable, melodically and rhythmically, and really showcases the sonic unio… More »

By: Elliah Heifetz / August 7, 2013 - 3:38 pm

Sylvan Esso – “Hey Mami” (Stereogum Premiere)

Sylvan Esso is new project from Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn of Megafaun. Their first single “Hey Mami” is the perfect synthesis of both group’s sound — folksy crooning and layered harmonies from Meath and Sanborn’s crunchy synths that both bounce and stutter. It’s an unexpected sound for a song that ruminates o… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 15, 2013 - 12:17 pm

Alex Bleeker And The Freaks – “Leave On The Light”

When his day job has some downtime, Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker has taken to gathering fellow-minded musicians to fill out the group of misfits that make up Alex Bleeker And The Freaks. Members of Woods, Real Estate, and Mountain Man (to name a few) have joined Bleeker for his new album, How Far Away,… More »

By: Miles Bowe / March 26, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Feist – “Cicadas And Gulls” Video

Feist’s video for the Metals track “Cicadas And Gulls” isn’t exactly a music video; it’s more of a conceptual live performance. In the clip, Feist, with the members of Mountain Man on backing harmonies, croons the song while strumming an acoustic guitar on a street corner while two members of the Oakland dance crew Turf… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 16, 2012 - 2:14 pm

Stereogum Presents Feist’s Tour Polaroids

Though Feist’s worldwide tour of Metals won’t wrap up until next March, Leslie, tourmates Mountain Man and the gang took some time out to document the first leg with a Polaroid camera and film supplied to us by the Impossible Project. Special thanks to Graeme Flegenheimer for facilitating the project. Check out Leslie’s shots and… More »

By: Corban Goble / November 23, 2011 - 12:53 pm

Watch Feist On Kimmel

On last night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, Feist took over the show’s big outdoor stage to perform the Metals single “How Come You Never Go There,” with her huge touring band behind her and Mountain Man, wearing weird monkish robes, on backing vocals. And as a web-only bonus, she also did a drum-heavy versio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 11, 2011 - 10:36 am

Hear Feist’s “Pine Moon” & Watch Her On Letterman, Yahoo!

Feist is staying ridiculously busy promoting Metals, performing up a storm and hitting the TV circuit. Last night she did Letterman with Mountain Man in support. Watch that here, along with five songs she did for a Yahoo! studio session. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 5, 2011 - 9:51 am

Watch Feist Sing New Songs Onstage

Feist has a new album called Metals coming out, and we’ve already heard one song from it, “How Come You Never Go There.” Last night, in front of a loudly approving crowd at L.A.’s Del Monte Townhouse, Feist sang that one, as well as a bunch of other Metals songs. The pastoral folk group Mountai… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 6, 2011 - 4:49 pm

BOBBY – “Ginger (Water Birth)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Montague, MASS indie-rock crew BOBBY features Mountain Man’s Molly Sarle and plenty of sleepy, sunny hooks. Take a listen to “Ginger (Water Birth)” from their self-titled debut. As they’re wont to do, Sarle and bandmate Tom Greenberg trade-off on the vocals. More »

By: brandon / June 6, 2011 - 11:10 am

The Decemberists, Mountain Man @ Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles 2/12/11

Colin Meloy and his troops descended upon the Wiltern theater last week in support of their number one charting album The King Is Dead. Opening with “Los Angeles, I’m Yours”, The Decemberists easily won over the beyond sold out crowd. More »

By: Andrew Youssef / February 18, 2011 - 1:52 pm

The 20 Most Overlooked LPs Of 2010

There were more albums released in 2010 than could fit on all the lists released in 2010. (And there were many lists.) With that in mind, and certain ’10 records still ringing in our ears, we put our heads together and thought about some of last year’s favorites that, for some reason or other, didn’t… More »

By: Stereogum / January 13, 2011 - 1:11 pm

Jónsi, Mountain Man @ Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles 10/17/10

Broadcasted on NPR, Jónsi brought his auditory and visual experience to the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles. Mountain Man provided support with their triple layered vocal stylings. More »

By: Andrew Youssef / October 19, 2010 - 5:45 pm

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2010

With fall on the horizon, we’re escaping a slow summer and shifting into that final, fertile phase of the music year’s release cycle. Which makes it a ripe time to get some perspective on the year, in terms of the big records from past favorites, and here, the bands that have introduced themselves as new… More »

By: Stereogum / September 1, 2010 - 1:29 pm

Mountain Man – “Play It Right” Live Video

You already know Mountain Man sound great harmonizing live and on record. The Vermont-born trio’s full-length debut Made The Harbor and the Sun Dog EP are good ones — you won’t find “Play It Right” on either tracklist. The new song was captured live at St. Augustine’s Tower in London. Molly, Alexandra, and Amelia have… More »

By: brandon / August 24, 2010 - 2:38 pm

Mountain Man – “Honeybee” (Stereogum Premiere)

“Honeybee”‘s the beautiful, brief opener on Mountain Man’s new Sun Dog EP. The song should be familiar to fans of the band, but I love it and the collection’s feeling of quiet transience: The five-song 10″ offers 12 minutes of stripped-down “alternative recordings” of songs you’ll find on the excellent Made The Harbor LP. The… More »

By: brandon / July 6, 2010 - 10:16 am

Mountain Man/The Middle East @ Mercury Lounge, NYC 5/19/10

You probably noticed with Mountain Man’s “Soft Skin” that the trio’s songs require some quiet to hear their harmonies. But the Vermont trio inspire silence as well. The band opened for The Middle East last night at the Brooklyn Vegan-sponsored show, and as you can see from photographer Jessica Amaya’s shots, they did a couple… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 20, 2010 - 2:23 pm

Mountain Man – “Soft Skin”

As everyone mentions, Vermont trio Mountain Man doesn’t include any men. What they don’t always mention — Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, and Amelia Randall Meath often harmonize like one person ghost lost in the Appalachians, all shadows and dew and shooting stars (even when they’re playing indoors in the afternoon at SXSW). See, for… More »

By: brandon / May 7, 2010 - 1:22 pm

SXSW 2010: The Wrap Up

We saw a bunch of bands this past week. Not every set was memorable, but there were more than enough highlights to make the stiff necks and barking feet worth it. Here’s Wednesday, Thursday, Gibbarday, and SXSW’s metal shows, and more. This last post contains our notes, and photos from our intrepid photographers — RyanMore »

By: stereogum / March 23, 2010 - 11:42 am