Glass Mountain Review in Chicago Tribune
This week, the Chicago Tribune featured Mystery Street band Glass Mountain in their “Chicago Fall Music Preview” and gave them, and their album, a glowing recommendation.
Don’t call Glass Mountain a nostalgia act. Although its music might sound retro on the surface (fiddles and banjos form the core of the group’s sound), a more complex sense of production underlies each track. The group layers each instrument to an unnerving degree, highlighting the haunting underbelly of the sounds of traditional Americana and early country music. Glass Mountain makes music to “capture the grit and beauty of the American folk tradition,” and “In Threes,” its first album released in May, does just that. From album opener “Hog Eye Man / Brushy Fork of John’s Creek,” an instrumental ditty that grows and grows in speed and fury, to album closer “Oh Sing to Me of Heaven,” a cover of the traditional Christian hymn, Glass Mountain’s music stuns in its ability to capture the past with elegance and triumph.
-Britt Julious, Chicago Tribune, 9/22/15
Take a listen and download the album, recorded at Mystery Street, here…