Black Mountain have been a favourite since I heard Don’t Run Our Hearts Around nearly half a decade ago, so I was stoked when a new album Wilderness Heart was released late last year. I especially like their bolshy trad-rock songs which remind me of my musical upbringing, as a bonus they spare the family from having to share to many nostalgic Sunday afternoons with Wishbone Ash, Rory Gallagher, Chicken Shack and Be Bop Deluxe (Charlie Tumahai on bass!).
Some time early this year I became enchanted by the melancholic swing of Antonia Jane from Lightning Dust, it wasn’t until last week however – after trawling the NPR Tiny Desk back catalogue – that I realised Lightning Dust was Amber Webber and Joshua Wells from Black Mountain.
I found another piece of the jigsaw this week – after finally managing to get a copy of the Cave Singers debut Invitation Songs (having been fixated with their second, Welcome Joy for a year or so) – I see Webber contributes backing vocals and Well drums to a couple of songs.
Lightning Dust aren’t the only familial group to come down from the mountain, Pink Mountain Tops is Black Mountain’s frontman Stephen McBean’s side project. McBean, like Webber and Wells can be more revealing when left to their own devices, which makes me think that Black Mountain is their nostalgia trip too.
You can download songs by all three artists from their label Jagjaguwar:
Black Mountain Don’t Run Our Hearts Around from Black Mountain 2005
Black Mountain Old Fangs from Wilderness Heart 2010
Lightning Dust Antonia Jane from Infinite Light 2009
Lightning Dust I knew from Infinite Light 2009
Pink Mountaintops Gayest of Sunbeams from Outside Love 2009