September 12, 2016 by Robb Powell
This isn’t exactly a planned review but I simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make the most of the latest #MusicMonday by demanding you ALL stop whatever it is you’re doing, listening to, reading, whatever – just STOP! Take some time to check out this stunning 3-track EP released a few weeks ago by Winter Mountain.
Titled Sunlight, Good Roads it positively beams healing rays of sunlight directly into your mind. The title track has such a force of impact it will remain behind inside your inner ear to be hummed along to all week. The quality packed into Joe Francis‘ rock n roll take on a Celtic benediction is exponential! First listen put me instantly in mind of The Boss Springsteen with elements of some Fleetwood Mac too. More importantly though is how the depth of originality comes to the fore, leaving you stunned. Seth Lakeman also features on this track providing backing vocals. Mighty company indeed.
The Lucky Ones and The Morning Bell are somewhat less speedy rock n roll affairs and yet the former retains a beautiful sense of urgency in its reminiscences and dedication to loved ones. Finally, The Morning Bell strips everything back for some delicate acoustic magic with lonesome pedal steel creeping its way in with pure perfection. The three self-produced tracks making up this EP are taken from a full album – I Swear I Flew – coming out this November. And what a tantalising teaser they make. I consider myself well and truly teased. I’m left eager to wrap my ears around the rest of what promises to be one of the albums of the year!
Winter Mountain is no stranger to touring with music giants, by the way and this always acts as a superb opportunity to widen a growing fanbase. I first saw Winter Mountain back in the early days (2011) supporting Seth Lakeman and I’ve been a huge fan ever since that remarkable performance. Other more recent giants include Seal, Guy Garvey (Elbow) and The Feeling. The artistic growth of Joe Francis leads to the conclusion support slots will only continue with mighty music giants but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he isn’t headlining himself before long. http://www.wintermountain.co.uk/
Buy Sunlight, Good Roads from iTunes >>here<<.