Mount Moriah, For When You’re Snowed In
North Carolina Americana-folk-alt-country trio Mount Moriah are proof that sticking to one genre your entire career can lead to seriously missing out. Founders Heather McEntire and Jenks Miller were veterans of post-punk and psych-metal bands, respectively, but shared an interest in the American folk and rock music of yesteryear. So they formed Mount Moriah, and Mount Moriah released a new album, Miracle Temple, this week, and it is very, very good, and will be a source of comfort and warmth to those of you who haven’t left your houses because it’s been snowing or whatever all week. Unlike the burning house the album art depicts, Miracle Temple is more inviting, like a fire to curl up against and watch intently.
McEntire channels the classic American country-folk voice to near perfection, at times recalling Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks and, although this may not fit with the theme, the desperation and love of Björk on “Hyperballad,” which works. As for the album itself, there’s an air of loneliness about the whole thing, but in a comfortable and maybe empathetic way as opposed to a smothering one. “Swannanoa” and “Eureka Springs” are must-listens. Listen to the lovely lead track “Younger Days” below, or stream the whole thing at most places where you can stream music.