It’s easy to understand why Feist has Mountain Man handling the backup singing on her current tour. The powerful and evocative voices of Molly Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, and Amelia Meath are distinctly compelling. This discovery is especially cool for me because these three unique voices came together at my alma mater Bennington College. Their song arrangements are daringly spare, which focuses attention on the artistry and beauty of their vocal interplay. The music they make is simply gorgeous.
You can listen to them at their bandcamp site here
, or on Myspace here
. And they’ve got two recordings available on iTunes. They were also the subject of a brief piece on NPR which you can read or listen to here
Both of the following vids make clear how exquisitely these three women sing together. “Loon Song” benefits from slightly better sound quality, but “Animal Tracks” is particularly interesting to me because it was recorded in a dining room in North Bennington (where I rented an apartment while attending Bennington College).
*** edit (another thought) ***
One of the unique powers of music is the way it connects you to the past while ushering you more fully into the present. Mountain Man's singing does this powerfully for me. While tradition is evident in their sound, they push this resonance into the future beautifully!
(By the way, I love when this kind of discovery occurs when following a trail on the web. This journey began when I was checking out Feist’s Letterman performance (featured in my prior Feist post) on economist Paul Krugman’s blog
. Through that performance, I was turned on to Mountain Man and ultimately reaffirmed the creative spirit that is fostered at Bennington College!)