Introducing: Mountains of the Moon

Mountains of the MoonIf you ever want a steady stream of beautiful music then Wave of Good Noise, a playlist curated from the medieval Swiss town of Neuchâtel, is a good place to start. I picked out Mountains of the Moon from the channel, a talented group of alternative rockers from Stockholm. With their Bon Iver, Jose Gonzalez and Fleet Foxes-esque acoustic and electric sound, they have been building a strong following a series of standalone singles. You can see why there are a good dozen alternative indie folk tastemakers and playlists championing their music. Their vibrant debut track is intriguingly called "How I Leapt from the Stratosphere", for Alan Eustace's TED Talk about his spacesuit jump through the earth's layers of atmosphere.

Looking them up online, I learned that 'mountains of the moon' is an old term connoting the fabled mountains at the source of the Nile, often the object of search expeditions in ancient times. Lead singer Adam Huttunen in an interview in Half Mystic revealed his tendency to be inspired by the natural world in writing his songs: "I’ve always been a sucker for forces of nature and epic imagery. I think it’s the grandness and perpetuity of it. It makes for good metaphors."

There is something slightly mystical and naturally remote about the Swedish four piece's sound - a mix of acoustic guitar, knocking on guitar wood and lashings of reverb. Their melodies are mournful, their lyrics often dark. It is a spellbinding formula...

Find out more about Mountains of the Moon and listen to "How I Leapt from the Stratosphere" below.

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