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One of the more understated bands signed to Merge Records, Mount Moriah write country songs shot through with ropey rock guitar and drowsy orchestration. Heather McEntire’s earthy, yearning voice is uncommonly entrancing, whether she’s surveying North Carolina scenery (fisheries, water towers, a blood-red moon) or courting the recurring spectre of God. She brings shivering vocal urgency to “Cardinal Cross,” while opener “Calvander” peaks with a low-slung, heart-seizing sing-along. Fans of Freakwater, Tarnation and Loretta Lynn will love this raggedly catchy album.

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... would benefit greatly from just picking up the tempo. It reminds me a little of the slightly underwater sound of Sixties San Francisco bands who were just really stoned.


Formed: Chapel Hill, NC

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

North Carolina-based alt-Americana outfit Mount Moriah blend the neo-traditional indie folk of the Low Anthem with the fire and brimstone of Sixteen Horsepower. Formed in the late 2000s by Heather McEntire and Jenks Miller, both of whom had spent considerable time at the opposite end of the folk spectrum as members of Bellafea (post-punk) and Horseback (psych-metal), respectively, the project grew out the pair's long friendship and shared love of American folk music. Steeped in the dark, misty mountain...
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