After months of anticipation, the long-awaited debut album from Mountain Time, Music For Looking Animals, is available everywhere now! Get it now on limited edition vinyl or at digital outlets everywhere here.
In the aftermath of the dissolution of his adored bands Mineral and The Gloria Record, Chris Simpson took a step back from making music for the first time since his mid-teens. And it was during this period where an affinity for the music of the Sixties and Seventies such as Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen, Harry Nilsson, Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground and many more – along with the freedom and expression of jazz and artists who radically followed their own vision – took root. With additional inspiration drawn from psychology and eastern philosophy, the beauty of the natural world, Simpson’s children and wife, old Time Life books, and the self-stated immenseness of the universe, Mountain Time has become almost more of a state-of-mind than a moniker.
To celebrate the release of the album album, we’re proud to premiere the
new music video for "Rosemary, Etc.” which was directed by Tim Kasher
of Cursive / The Good Life. Starring Jess Price of Campdogzz, “Rosemary,
Etc.” tells the reverse tale of a street preacher with a penchant for
petty theft. “Naturally, when I started thinking about making a video
for a song from the new Mountain Time record, I thought of Tim,” Simpson
said. “He is one of my favorite humans and there’s a peace that comes
from working with people you love. It was a labor of love, as all unpaid
work is for artists, and I am ever grateful to everyone involved for
helping it come together.”
Since the original release of Man Mountain's Infinity Mirror in 2018, the band has been showered with praise from both fans and critics alike. Hailed as a bright shining light in the post-rock genre, the original pressing of the album quickly sold out leaving vinyl hungry new fans straight out of luck. Well, we've been listening and due to all of your loud voices, we're excited to announce the second pressing of the album which is available for pre-order now here. The pressing is limited to 300 copies and includes two variants -- the insane "Infinity" animated picture disc designed by the vinyl legend Drew Tetz and the new "Galaxy" variant that is out of this world. All pre-orders will ship early July and include an instant hi-quality download of the album now. Enjoy!
In 2017, in what can only be described as a fate, the clouds opened, the bugle horns sounded, and the three original members of GIANTS CHAIR re-united to record new songs twenty years after they had originally disbanded. These two songs would be the spark that led to the band's new album Prefabylon and to what is yet to come. Now these songs, "The Streets" and "Featureless Horizon," are widely available at digital outlets everywhere and on limited edition cassette for the first time ever. Listen here and pre-order the cassette here. All pre-orders include an instant download of the two songs and orders will ship early July!
We're excited to share another new song from Mountain Time's upcoming album Music For Looking Animals. "Lady Of The Radiator" tells the somber story of someone who has insulated and isolated themselves from the world in such a way that they can’t be reached or hurt. And the loneliness and sadness that comes from realizing you do need other people and it being too late. Listen now at digital outlets everywhere here and pre-order the album on limited edition vinyl here to get an instant download of three songs now.
We’re excited to announce the new Dearist
EP Live at Cadman Studios. Toward the end of last year, the band
holed up at the studio in Stoke-on-Trent to record live versions of some
of their favorite Dearist songs — and since we’re all itching for live
music again, we’re sharing the songs with you. The 5-song EP will be
available at digital outlets everywhere this Friday, but you can
pre-save/pre-order it now here.
Virginia's Demons, which started as an outlet for the heavier musical experimentations of longtime Mae guitarist Zach Gehring, is debuting a music video for the new track "Slow Burn." The song is available now available everywhere here.
alternate version of "Slow Burn" will appear on the band's forthcoming
Privation which is due out this fall.
tells Revolver Magazine: "We were de-railed last year when our drummer
almost died in a bike accident, and now the world is on hold dealing
with the Coronavirus. We've had this song and video done for a while
now. No one really knows what's going on or how long we'll have to stay
inside, so we decided to let this one loose. We're stir crazy and
frustrated, just like everyone else."
We’re excited to premiere VAR’s new music video for “Moments” today with Popdust. The video was shot in the town of Stokkseyri, about an hour outside of Reykjavik on the southern coast of Iceland, at the country's only existing organ workshop (which happens to be owned by the father of brothers and bandmates Júlíus Óttar and Egill Björgvinsson). The band's new album The Never-Ending Year is available everywhere now here!
Mountain Time is the solo project of singer-songwriter Chris Simpson of the adored bands Mineral and The Gloria Record. On the heels of the debut single "Rosemary, Etc.", we're excited to share the second single from the new album Music For Looking Animals, the gentle and charming “Empty Graves.” Get it everywhere you listen to digital music here and pre-order Music For Looking Animals on limited edition vinyl here to get an instant download of two songs now.
The new album from the Reykjavík, Iceland emotional post-rock collective VAR, The Never-Ending Year, is available everywhere now. Appropriately titled for these strange times, the album stands as one of our most awe-inspiring releases to date, a powerful collection of songs that truly transcends everything that makes us different. Think Sigur Ros with more urgency, We Were Promised Jetpacks with more intricacy, and Frightened Rabbit with more grit. Get it wherever you listen digital music here and on limited edition vinyl in the Spartan store.
We’re so excited to premiere the new Mountain Time song, the gentle and charming “Empty Graves” today at American Songwriter. It’s the second track from the upcoming album Music For Looking Animals which will be released everywhere on June 26th. The album is available to pre-save now and you can get an instant download of two songs now when you pre-order the album on limited edition vinyl here.
Written in 2005-2006, "Empty Graves” paints a picture of a soul trying to find its place in the world and was born out of a fruitful songwriting session Simpson contributed to at the time. Never feeling that the song was complete, "Empty Graves" had many lives and incarnations until Simpson began working with producer/collaborator Doug Walseth on this new album and it reached its final form. Pre-order / pre-save the album to get an instant down
Please welcome Mountain Time, the solo project of singer-songwriter Chris Simpson of Mineral and The Gloria Record, to the Spartan family. We’re proud to announce that the new album Music For Looking Animals will be released everywhere on June 26th on LP / Digital. Listen to the premiere of the first single “Rosemary, Etc.” at Rolling Stone and pre-order the album on super limited edition vinyl to get an instant download of the song now.
In the aftermath of the dissolution of his adored bands, Simpson took a step back from making music for the first time since his mid-teens. And it was during this period where an affinity for the music of the 1960s and ‘70s such as Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen, Harry Nilsson, Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground and many more, along with the freedom and expression of jazz and artists who radically followed their own vision, took root. With additional inspiration drawn from the arenas of psychology and eastern philosophy, the beauty of the natural world, Simpson’s children and wife, old Time Life books, and the self-stated immenseness of the universe, Mountain Time has become almost more of a state-of-mind than a moniker.
“To me, it’s a record about surrendering to your true self by letting go of what doesn’t serve you anymore. It’s about sacrifice and stepping into your own life. It’s about all the paradoxes that exist: the most important of which is that vulnerability is the only real source of strength.”
Mountain Time, both a reference to timeliness (or lack thereof) and a childhood amongst the natural beauty of Colorado evolved from Chris Simpson’s previous solo project Zookeeperas the most fitting moniker for the latest project. With the transition, while the process and approach became more autonomous, the drive and ultimate desire to create remained rooted within many of the same wells of inspiration that fueled previous incarnations of Simpson’s songwriting. For Simpson, much of what his new album, Music For Looking Animals, is externalizing are larger questions embedded within the natural passing of time: What things do we hold onto? What must we let go?
While time has brought certain chapters to a close, new ones have opened: Family. School. Sobriety. Seeking. However, part of this recasting of priorities has involved the shedding of some former skins, and much of this process took place within the cathartic confines of writing Music for Looking Animals.
"I think for me, [writing] has always been an expression of seeking, seeking to know more about myself or the world around me. Seeking to belong or understand. Just expressing myself and communicating who or what I am. What makes me more wholly myself or individual. Or what makes me more human. I think this has been the same throughout my songwriting. For me, it’s the way I process being alive."
Simpson entered the studio with producer/collaborator Doug Walseth to capture the emotion of the songs within the “Leonard Cohen palette” i.e. songs bolstered with strings, horns and background singers rather than layers of electric guitars and keyboards. At the start of the recording sessions, Simpson and Walseth committed to capturing everything on an 8-track one-inch analog tape machine and forgoing the use of computers. However, as the arrangements, layering, and ideas became more complex, the initial approach became limiting. What began as a very spare folk album became much more grand, ambitious and dense. While Music For Looking Animals is an attempt at simplification, it is hardly minimal in terms of musical, lyrical and spiritual depth.
“I am completely convinced of the paradoxes that exist,” says Simpson. "That love and compassion are the only answers to hate and fear. There is so much healing needed both within and without, and that starts at home, in our own hearts and lives. I know it’s tempting to think that that has nothing to do with the state of the world, but I think it might be the only thing that has anything to do with the state of the world.” It is this type of reflective seeking that brought Music For Looking Animals into existence, and it is this type of seeking that the album invites the listener to embark on after hitting play.