Favorite psych-and-prog-spiritual pioneers BLACK MOUNTAIN's "In The Future", was their second full-length album and it resonated with the same epic ring, beloved deep rock touchstones and genuine folk fragility that made their self-titled debut full-length an instant classic. The album possesses immense breadth, seamlessly showcasing short and classic folk-pop gems along with driving modern rock masterpieces, peaking with "Bright Lights", a seventeen-minute multi-dimensional opus that gives Pink Floyd's "Echoes" a run for its money.
"In The Future" also demonstrates a compelling evolution. Black Mountain's first self-titled album was like being in sixth grade, when there's a few new kids in class who you know you're supposed to hang with. You're out of the gates, but you still stumble and shake when the teachers yell at you. "In The Future", ninth grade and summer vacation are over. You're heading back to high school to hang in the hallways with those same kids who now have wispy and dirty moustaches, long hair and breasts. The teachers don't scare you. The jocks are boring, and your record collection is more important than the prettiest girl at school. It's the first real taste of independence in the quest for absolute freedom.
Black Mountain is Matt Camirand, Stephen McBean, Jeremy Schmidt, Amber Webber and Joshua Wells. The band hails from Vancouver, British Columbia, and have been making music together since 2004. Their debut album garnered an impressive amount of critical acclaim, including Pitchfork's prestigious "Best New Music" tag, as well as being deemed by Uncut magazine as the 4th best album of 2005. The band has toured the world, playing the smallest of rock clubs and the largest of outdoor amphitheaters. Whilst they are championed by the more underground-minded record-collector type of music fan as well as by high-profile musicians, Black Mountain's live performances and recordings also retain a very universal appeal, sticking readily to the ribs of most any garden-variety music fan. Perhaps Black Mountain strive to make music that is uncompromising but inclusive.
2008 saw the band nominated for Canada's Polaris Music Prize (equivalent to the UKs Mercury Music Prize).
2009 saw the band nominated for Canada's prestigious Juno awards in the "Best Alternative Album" category.
2010 will see the band return with what promises to be their most powerful and fully realised album yet.
"It's captivating, cosmic stuff" 4/5 Uncut
"This album eclipses their previous output and hits a consistent note of righteous force" Wire
"Heady, heavy and brilliantly executed: stoner rock for the masses" Word
"Stephen McBean's classic rock crew summon up any number of sonic ghosts from Deep Purple to Funkadelic yet never stoop to mere pastiche" 5/5 The Times
"Black Mountain's meaty melange of Sabbath-sized riffs, hairy Hammond and Velvets drone is all muscle and no flab" 4/5 The Independent
"Confident but not copyist, in the future few records will sound this dominant" 8/10 NME
"This is nothing short of ready-made classics for the Guitar Hero generation" Independent On Sunday
"In short, Black Mountain rock like Rushmore" Time Out
"Believe it: they do still make them like this" Independent Information
"It's rare to find a sophomore album that improves upon it's predecessor in almost every respect but. With In The Future, Black Mountain have delivered just that" 8/10 Rocksound
"The five piece awaken a beast of a record the song lengths are bigger, but so are the now truly mountain-sized hooks" i-D
"There is songcraft and there are spacecrafts. Black Mountain have them both fuck the past, this is the future" 4.5/5 The Fly
"Classic rock burning with a punk spirit, this is music for the 21st century" 4/5 Metro
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