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 songs unamplified. No shushing of the audience was needed: The video below is almost eerily quiet, as if it were shot for a Takeaway episode rather than at a show. One of Mountain Man’s unamplified tracks, “Mazda,” even brought Mountain Man’s Alexandra Sauser-Monnig to tears (more from how much she loves her bandmates’s voices. This band probably never fights). Australian headliners the Middle East also got a very quiet audience for their finely rendered recent single “The Darkest Side.” This show was in-between a couple of others for The Middle East opening for Mumford and Sons, and it was their first set of shows in NYC. Probably not their last though: Their long US tour that began in April includes stops at Bonnaroo and Sasquatch! (they also played Coachella).

Mountain Man – “Honey Bee”

Mountain Man – “Mazda”

The Middle East – “The Darkest Side”

Take this with you:

Mountain Man – “Soft Skin”