Riding on the crest of their EP titled optimism Cult, Private Mountain are certainly pumping out some slices of incredible pop. Hailing from Melbourne, we have bucked the trend and got an all male group in our Top Tips for 2023.
Formed in 2017 Private Mountain comprises of Tom Atkinson and Tom Pleasance with band mates Sam Bianco (Drums) Ben Blyth (Guitar) and Will Steel (Bass). Dreamy, laid back and drifting on an endless sea, their music is a trip of textures and harmonies. They are a sensory experience that transports the listener to a place of unimagined beauty.
Radar and Can’t Paint In The Rain
Radar was their debut single in 2020 and was a taste of things to come. As the song suggests they flew under the radar a bit but once discovered they are never forgotten. Their broad palette could not be ignored when they released their second track Can’t Paint In The Rain.
Apart from stating a very obvious truth, the single truly announced their arrival on the scene. They are influenced by Radiohead, Sonic Youth, The Sunken Sea, Paul McCartney, and Paul Simon. Undenianly, they also incorporate those majestic majestic flourishes of the shoe gazing melancholy of the early 90s with a touch of the Smiths thrown in.
Optimism Cult EP
2021 was a broadly quiet year due to the obvious challenges of the pandemic. That all changed with the release of the Optimism Cult EP in December. Including two of their previous tracks, 22 and Moment to Moment, it showcased three new songs. This firmly established them as a band on the rise to musical freedom.
Life Isn’t Hopeles and Who Thought I’d Marry follow familiar territory with State of Things crossing into more upbeat territory. A filtered intro that lead into a funky groove and trademark harmonies, Private Mountain sure know how to keep it interesting.
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