Mount Moriah – “Only Way Out”

There’s a reason I bring up Southern dust when discussing Jenks Miller’s increasingly ambitious, genre-stretching Horseback, a metal project that notched my No. 9 album of 2010, along with the following:

Horseback’s second album offers ambient, minimal, patiently repetitious Southern black metal drunk on imagined emotional and masculine Cormac McCarthy landscapes, the Blue Ridge, those dark Americana elements of Coalesce’s Ox, and main-man Jenks Miller’s unique vision for original American music…

Speaking of original American music, Miller’s also putting his energy into Mount Moriah, an Americana/folk-rock band he founded with Bellafea’s Heather McEntire, of whom another open-minded metal head named John Darnielle has said, “I think you don’t see a stage presence like Heather McEntire’s more than a few times in your life. She’s unbelievable.” Their self-titled full-length debut is out today. It follows 2010’s The Letting Go EP. Miller and McEntire are the band’s core, but the eight-song collection features guest spots from members of Megafaun, St. Vincent, Bowerbirds, etc. What’s more important is the solid back-porch songwriting and McEntire’s honest, intelligent voice. I grew up in a house soundtracked by Dolly Parton — she has that sorta warm, welcoming country thing going. Here’s the opener, “Only Way Out.”

Mount Moriah – “Only Way Out”


Mount Moriah – “Lament”

Mount Moriah:

01 “Only Way Out”
02 “Social Wedding Rings”
03 “Plane”
04 “Lament”
05 “Old Gowns”
06 “The Reckoning”
07 “Honey, We Don’t Need That Much”
08 “Hail, Lightning”

Mount Moriah is out today (4/12) via Holiday For Quince. Find out more about Mount Moriah at their website. Some North Carolina shows:

04/15 – Chapel Hill, NC @ WUNC 91.5FM (12:00 PM)
04/15 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle (Album release party)
04/22 – Pittsboro, NC @ Shakori Hills (1:00 PM)
04/22 – Greensboro, NC @ Legitimate Business (9:00 PM)
04/29 – Asheville, NC @ The Lab

Here’s the Habib Yazdi-directed video for “Old Gowns,” one of three videos the band (and Yazdi) made for the collection.