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Black Mountain gears up for Wilderness Heart

on April 05, 2010, 9:45am

It’s been a couple years since we’ve mentioned the band Black Mountain on this website. Since releasing 2008’s In The Future, members of the Canadian psych rock outfit have focused their efforts on a variety of side-projects; songwriter Stephen McBean resurrected Pink Mountaintops, while singer Amber Webber and drummer Joshua Wells created Lightning Dust a new Lightning Dust LP.

However, in a recent interview with Exclaim! (via TFB), McBean has revealed that Black Mountain is not only again active, but currently in the studio working on its third full-length. According to McBean, the band recorded the album, tentatively titled Wilderness Heart, at two fairly well-known studios, L.A.’s Sunset Sound and Seattle’s  London Bridge Studio, with producers Dave Sardy (Oasis, Band of Horses) and Randall Dunn (Sunn 0)))). They then capped it all off by returning to the friendly confines of McBean’s home, where they laid down the album’s final two tracks.

Though still in the mixing stage, McBean can describes “a bit more folky” than the aforementioned In The Future, noting, “There’s some heavy songs on it, but there’s no 18-minute opus [a reference to the track “Bright Lights”] on this one.”

He continued: “I’d say this record is maybe more vocally-focused than riff-focused,” he explains. “I think this one’s probably going to be ten songs — standard one record.”

Black Mountain plans to release the album this summer via Jagjaguwar. Currently, the band’s live calendar only includes upcoming appearances at the UK based music festivals T in the Park and End of the Road Festival, however, a yet-to-be-announced North American leg is scheduled for this summer.

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