“Stick with Rejoice for only the first two and a half minutes or so, and Baltimore’s Secret Mountains sound like any another band getting by on a familiar style of earthen, acid-eaten psych. The feel is hymn-like and meditative, with its amorphous swirl of feedback dipped guitars, mounting storm drum fills, and strange inflections of English folk. It’s all pretty recognizable, save for the smoldering female vocal that stands out front. That’s Kelly Laughlin, and she’s a hell of a presence indeed. It’s odd considering how subtle her delivery is. The band gives her more than enough space to go for a full-on Grace Slick– Laughlin certainly seems capable– but she seems to recognize the power of simplicity. As the song unfolds, it becomes clear that Secret Mountains boast more than a dynamic frontwoman, breaking into “a joyful noise” [Laughlin's phrasing], heavily steeped in jangle-pop and an anthemic, twee-like sprightliness.” – Pitchfork
While a great write-up Pitchfork neglected to talk much about Jeff’s insanely great lyrics or his innate sense for song construction nor Cory’s sense for dissonant harmony.
That said, Rejoice was recently recorded in Philly and Friends Records just release it! On this EP they inlcluded on of my favorite songs from their microshow earlier in the year.
You can hear the track below and underneath that track is my favorite song off the record.
It’s Been A Long Time