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 Vermont trio’s meditative backwoods a cappella focuses on themes of the natural world — those bees, a dog, animal tracks, wings, a chickadee — but you also hear their own sweat and spilt milk. It’s like joining them on their backporch.

Mountain Man – “Honeybee”

The tracklist:

A1 “Honeybee”
A2 “Dog Song”
A3 “Animal Tracks”

B1 “Mouth Wings”
B2 “Soft Skin”

“Honeybee” live:

Here’s the different, previously posted Made The Harbor version of “Soft Skin.”

Mountain Man – “Soft Skin”

The Sun Dog EP is out today via Underwater Peoples on “mossy green” vinyl. It’s only available from Underwater and at the band’s ecstatic, teary live shows:

07/13 – Boston, MA @ TT the Bear’s Place *
07/14 – Northhampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall *
07/15 – Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo *
07/16 – Ann Arbor MI @ The Blind Pig *
07/17 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
07/19 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *
07/20 – Minniapolis, MN @ Turf Club *
08/09 – Toledo, OH @ Mickey Finn’s ^
08/10 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern ^
08/12 – York, PA @ Capitol Theater ^
08/13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rooftop Concert (Old American Can Factory)
08/14 – North Adams, MA @ Solid Sound Festival

* w/ Bear In Heaven and Twin Sister
^ w/ Deer Tick

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