Out today is the self-titled debut album from Mt. Desolation, a lovely sepia-toned collection of sweeping alt-country tinges from Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quin of the chart-topping British group Keane.
The dozen-song effort initially came about after a Guinness-fueled conversation in Dublin in 2009, where the band's chief composer/pianist and unofficial fourth member gushed about their love for singing Hank Williams tunes. Now, Rice-Oxley and Quin embrace their inner country spirits for one of the year's most enjoyable albums. It's truly the perfect autumnal backdrop with a host of musician friends in tow, so gather 'round.
Mt. Desolation recently chatted with Digital Spy about how "two pasty English guys" arrived at such a sound, which Rice-Oxley explains, "We wanted to make a record in a slightly different way and without the pressure of it being a Keane record."
Some members of indie rock's finest — Noah & the Whale, The Long Winters, The Killers, and Mumford & Sons – also chip in. "They all brought different things – all of those people really added a flavour to the record which really made it much more than we could ever have made it on our own," Rice-Oxley adds.
Rice-Oxley also digs deep with his songwriting to unveil some of his most personal work to date, especially on album opener, "Departure."
"I probably wrote much more instinctively and without really thinking about it, the songs became really true representation of myself and the things I was feeling,” he says. “I really would love to try and access the same instinctive writing when it comes to Keane."
Mt. Desolation – "Departure":
Mt. Desolation – "State of Our Affairs":
Other notable albums released this week:
The Beatles – 1962-1966 (The Red Album Remastered)
The Beatles – 1967-1970 (The Blue Album Remastered)
Girl In a Coma – Adventures in Coverland
Iggy Pop & James Williamson – Kill City (Remastered)
Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown
Liz Phair – Funstyle
The Sails – A Headful of Stars
Squarepusher – Shobaleader One: d’Demonstrator
Other notable singles released this week:
Other music news:
– Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Mark Ronson, and British Prime Minister David Cameron are coming together to release a UK charity single. Bryan Ferry, Bob Hoskins, and American tennis star Andy Roddick have also signed on for "2 Minute Silence," a completely unspoken track that will coincide Britain’s Remembrance Day on November 7th.
The Royal British Legion's Director General Chris Simpkins says: "Rather than record a song, we felt the UK public would recognise the poignancy of silence and its clear association with remembrance." (Radiohead at Ease)
– Glastonbury 2011 sold out in hours, but the 2012 installment has been canceled. Blame it on the porta potties situation, for it seems that the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London has dibs on all of those. (The Metro)
– It looks like there's going to be a new Last Shadow Puppets after all. Their rousing 2008 debut, The Age of the Understatement, was an absolute winner in my book. Miles Kane says he and Alex Turner will prep another album once his solo debut is released next spring. (NME)
– Post-punk pioneers Wire will celebrate their 35th anniversary as a band next year and will mark the occasion with a new album. Red Barked Tree, their follow up to 2008's Object 47, drops January 11, 2011 via the band's own Pink Flag label. Head over to The Quietus for a free download of the riotous "Two Minutes." Totally killer!
One to keep an eye on: Allo Darlin’
Allo Darlin' is hands down the sweetest thing on my iPod right now. The Aussie by the way of London troupe has generated a heaping amount of buzz since issuing their divine self-titled debut album in June, and it’s their twee-pop leanings à la Camera Obscura, Belle & Sebastian and The Lucksmiths that'll get ya.
Their indie rock lexicon stretches even further, too; frontwoman Elizabeth Morris plays with Tender Trap, while bass player Bill Botting keeps time with Moustache of Insanity and Darren Hayman and the Secondary Modern. Guitarist Paul Rains and drummer Mikey Collins also spend time with Hexicon. This week, Allo Darlin' is just one of the countless bands descending New York City this week for the annual CMJ Music Marathon. Check 'em out.
Allo Darlin' – "The Dreaming":
Allo Darlin' – "The Polaroid Song":