Musicians Becky Browne, Louise Morgan and Zands Duggan collectively form the trio known as Mountainear. The three London-based friends met at Guildhall School of Music at the Barbican, London, and after working individually as session musicians in various guises, they united musical forces: Becky taking lead vocals and drums, Louise, vibraphone and backing vocals and Zands, backing vocals, drum kit and hand percussion.
Their compatibility as a group is clear from the offset and together they are able to explore and project their own musical voices in unity. Lyrically, they are inspired by the more extreme aspects of human behavior, coupled with the power and dominance of nature; and their 4-track debut EP set to be released this coming Spring is reflective of this.
Mountainear have released their lead track ‘Down The Line’, a lyrically melodic, electronic ballad, which is said to be inspired by the innate desire of humans to leave a legacy, along with man’s awareness of our own mortality. Evolving from a basic rhythm, laid down by the band’s three drummers, their tracks are then layered with rare percussion elements from their massive vintage collection, which includes Japanese Taiko drums, Tibetan Temple bowls and Egyptian tambourines, to name but a few. These unique world references are then interwoven with more recognisable, traditional sounds.
Despite listing influences from Haim and Florence and The Machine, to LCD Soundsystem and Woodkid, Mountainear have found a unique percussion-backed tone, which has become their genetics. Details of their debut London show are soon to be released. Watch this space.
Words: Brooke McCord