The music that Dave Benton makes as Trace Mountains acts as a respite, both from the pressures and expectations attached to Benton’s other band LVL UP as well as the world at large. The vocabulary of A Partner To Lean On — Benton’s first proper LP under the name — is one of dreams and hopes and distant fears, rendered in warm and enveloping melodies. It’s filled with disjointed logic and evocative imagery, songs that feel just slightly out-of-step with time.
“I hold it, but there’s nothing I can do to stop it from growing if it wants to,” Benton opens on mid-album highlight “Adeline.” That sense of life spiraling out of control is apparent throughout the album, as Benton and his cast of collaborators for the album — which includes Sheer Mag’s Kyle Seely, his LVL UP bandmate Nick Corbo, Yours Are The Only Ears’ Susannah Cutler, and Jim Hill, who used to play in Trace Mountains in its earliest iterations — try to tamper unpredictability with persistent rhythms that tick like clockwork. We’ve heard “Turn Twice” and “Cary’s Dreams” from it so far, and now you can stream all of A Partner To Lean On below.
03/30 Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville *
04/06 Washington, DC @ DC9
04/07 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
04/08 New Paltz, NY @ Nachohouse
04/09 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
04/10 Montréal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo
04/11 Toronto, ON @ Burdock
04/12 Rochester, NY @ Small World Books
05/18 Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston ^
05/19 Burlington, VT @ Club Metronome ^
* w/ Operator Music Band and Spirit Was
^ w/ (Sandy) Alex G
A Partner To Lean On is out 3/30 via Figure 2 RC. Pre-order it here.