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London trio Mountains are set to make their Desertfest debut in 2018 and we couldn’t be happier to have the band showcase their diverse sound.

Formed in 2014, the band honed their wares for three years before their first release, the full length Dust in the Glare, in March 2017. Unapologetic for the scope of influences and breadth of genres, the album is a bold and assured introduction to Mountains. No two tracks sound alike. Opener, ‘Everglades’, displays hints of metal, though you’re soon drifting through subdued sections. ‘Towards the Woods’ brings a swampy groove that barrels satisfyingly into the fuzzy opening section of follower ‘Ten Paces’. Even ‘Keep Watch’ changes the pace with a pure burst of sun drenched riffs.

Yet despite the divergent forces at work through Mountains’ sound, everything is underpinned by a confident base of prog and the vocals of David Jupp, working to reign the band in from ever straying too far in any direction; a feat all the more impressive when the relatively short track lengths are taken into account.

Sure to be a hidden gem of Desertfest 2018, why not hit the peak with Mountains in May.

Words: Tom Geddes