In 2005, Pitchfork called Black Mountain‘s Self Titled debut “a rollicking, wildly adventurous reconfiguring of 1960s and 70s nostalgia that’s as duty-bound to the present as it is sympathetic to the past,” and 10 years later, the sentiment is the same. We’ve repackaged this influential record with a bonus LP of demos and b-sides, updated album art with silver foil text, a gatefold sleeve, and we have a limited number on grey vinyl.
BLACK MOUNTAIN (10TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION) TRACKLISTING SIDE A
1. Modern Music (2:45)
2. Don’t Run Our Hearts Around (6:04)
3. Druganaut (3:48)
4. No Satisfaction (3:48)
5. Set Us Free (6:46) SIDE B
6. No Hits (6:45)
7. Heart Of Snow (8:00)
8. Faulty Times (8:35) SIDE C
9. Druganaut (Extended Remix) (8:15)
10. Buffalo Swan (9:08)
11. Bicycle Man (3:21) SIDE D
12. Behind The Fall (3:01)
13. Set Us Free (Demo) (5:56)
14. Black Mountain (Demo) (3:27)
15. No Satisfaction (UK Radio) (4:25)
16. It Wasn’t Arson (4:42)
“It doesn’t take much for Briana Marela to conjure a sound that’ll make you see colors.” — Flavorwire
“[Surrender] manages to evoke both the majesty and the more playful sylvan spirit of each of this record’s sonic homes.” – NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered”
“The first single off the album is an abstract and kinetic love song called ‘Surrender,’ which is built upon a yearning heart, a whorl of strings by Amiina, a pitter-patter of percussion by Samuli Kosminen (of múm), and some lush vocal looping.” — The FADER
“Hooking up with Sigur Rós producer Alex Somers, Marela has crafted one of the year’s most enjoyably ethereal efforts with her upcoming full-length, All Around Us, a lovely collection of shuffling ballads and near-choral ambience.” — SPIN (Five Artists to Watch in June 2015] “’Surrender,’ the first single from her album, layers up glassy sounds in all sorts of beautiful ways, with multi-tracked vocal shivers and sighs and hiccups filling out the mix as much as any instruments.” — Stereogum
Briana Marela’s debut album for Jagjaguwar, All Around Us, centers on the tangible aspects of the emotional spectrum: the warmth of affection; the weightlessness of joy; the grounded, anchored feeling of love. There is an air of transience in her voice that adds to the ethereal nature of her music, the immediacy of her lyrics, and the feelings on which they focus. Spurred by her emotional ties to the Pacific Northwest and to the people she holds close, Marela balances the concrete with the abstract, and the natural with the artificial.
Produced and recorded by Sigur Rós producer Alex Somers in Reykjavic and featuring strings by Amiina, All Around Us feels mysterious at first, but reveals itself to be a record of remarkable honesty, and of direct, deeply felt emotions. This is evident through the debut single “Surrender,” which has garnered praise from the likes of NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered,”The FADER, and Stereogum, while Consequence of Sound and Vulture included it in their best songs of the week columns, and SPIN named Marela “Artist To Watch” for June.
Now, Marela is excited to share a new video for “Surrender.” Directed by experimental filmmaker, Christin Turner, the video depicts Marela shrouded in kaleidoscopic lights and static. “The video for ‘Surrender’ interprets the torrent of emotions associated with falling in love as blips and signals reaching through the darkness, sparking a supernova of light, motion, and beauty,” says Turner.
Briana Marela’s All Around Us is out August 21st and available for pre-order now. She’ll tour North America supporting Jenny Hval this summer. All dates are below.
Briana Marela Tour Dates (buy tix here):
Thu. Aug. 20 – Sun. Aug. 23 – Brecon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival
Tue. Aug. 25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel *
Thu. Aug. 27 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
Fri. Aug. 28 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt *
Sat. Aug. 29 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza *
Tue. Sep. 1 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry *
Wed. Sep. 2 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill *
Thu. Sep. 3 – Chicago, IL @ Constellation *
Fri. Sep. 4 – Toronto, ON @ Drake *
Sat. Sep. 5 – Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz *
Sun. Sep. 6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade *
Tue. Sep. 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle *
Wed. Sep. 9 – Washington, DC @ DC9 *
Fri. Sep. 11 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *
Mon. Sep. 14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
Wed. Sep. 16 – Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain *
Thu. Sep. 17 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
Sat. Sep. 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
Sun. Sep. 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy *
# w/ Domino Kirke
* w/ Jenny Hval
Pre-order All Around Us:
via SC Distribution – http://smarturl.it/brianamarela
via iTunes – http://smarturl.it/brianamarela_itunes
via Amazon – http://smarturl.it/brianamarela_amz
via your local record store – http://smarturl.it/brianamarela_indies
“Me and Josh and Amber were in a different band with our friend Christoff [Hoffmeister, Jerk With a Bomb], we were touring around and we’d grown from a two-piece to a three-piece to a four-piece within three albums. During the last tour, we were essentially playing the first Black Mountain record. Then we kind of imploded and regrouped. I don’t know, it was weird. Basically, [Jerk] had recording time at the Hive booked and we were going to record and then Christoff got sick so then I used the time, as opposed to throwing it away, to record the first Pink Mountaintops record. And then Christoff left and then me and Josh [Wells] recorded a bunch of the first record at our space, and then Matt [Camirand] joined, and Jeremy [Schmidt] joined and then Amber [Webber] and we finished our first record at the Hive. It was an exciting time. – Black Mountain Founder Stephen McBean
Head over to CBC Music now to hear an exclusive stream of the upcoming 10th Anniversary Edition of Black Mountain. Founder Stephen McBean (also of Pink Mountaintops) gives an exclusive track-by-track analysis of the album. You can check everything out here
Van Etten’s way with a melody, and her remarkable voice, can make these stories seem epic, almost mythical. But they all center on the kind of tough, essential, everyday dilemmas that are the heart of living a satisfying life, the same ones that break your heart the hardest.”
– NPR All Songs Considered
I Don’t Want To Let You Down, the new EP from Sharon Van Etten, is now available worldwide. She is also playing her first shows in South America this week.
This morning Stereogum premiered the second single released for the 10th Anniversary Edition of Black Mountain. The song “Black Mountain (demo)” wasn’t on the original album, but will be on the deluxe reissue.
Here’s what bandleader Stephen McBean said about the song:
Jerk With A Bomb was playing a show at Pat’s Pub in Vancouver. It must’ve been 2003. The night before I had a dream that if we were called Black Mountain we would become an unstoppable rock ‘n’ roll force. In the morning, a banner was created on a old sheet with a few jiffy markers and our opening theme song was composed. I believe we played it live a few more times enhanced with synchronized dance, then left it to rest for 10 odd years on a mini disc in a dusty box, but that evening through dream, banner and song Black Mountain was born.
The 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is a double-LP including 8 bonus tracks on limited edition colored vinyl, using foil-print on the first pressing of the litho-wrap gatefold packaging. The records themselves are limited-edition color matched grey double vinyl, as well as standard black vinyl and double disc CD, which are also available with limited edition foil-printing. It includes the original classic album paired with the Druganaut 12″ plus 4 previously unreleased tracks.