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Red Mountains
(Slow Wander)
2017
Staff Rating: Crank this to 9.5 of 11
|    Editor's Pick
Genre:
Psychedelic stoner rock
Sounds Like:
Abrahma, Weird Owl, Red Lama
Norway’s Red Mountains latest release Slow Wander has nestled comfortably within our rotation. Talk about an album that spans so many genres in the most subtle ways. Slow Wander is by nature a sprawling psychedelic album that spreads its wings to many facets rock. Singer Magnus Riise and company take the listener on a journey through early 70s psychedelia, classic doom and weightless stoner rock.

What are the highlights of Slow Wander?
That’s not a fair question for this album, it must be listened in its entirety from beginning to end. Just set aside 49 minutes with no interruptions, grab your favorite adult beverage and set your mind off on a slow wander. Songs like “Oak” and “Endless Ocean” have a calming and euphoric feel that washes over you. While “Rat King,” “Stone,” Fog” and “Returning” bring out the heavier moments of the album… the diversity is so broad.

How is the vocal performance?
Bassist and lead vocalist Magnus Riise does an exceptional job on this record. His vocal range is very broad and dominant and certainly one of the big strengths on this album. This may sound odd, but we’ll go there anyway, his vocals remind us of Trevor Tyrrell from Weird Owl with inflections of Greg Lake… very original.

How is the production?
Produced by Per Borten (Spidergawd, Caddillac, Moving Oos), it has a very open-ended and spacious psychedelic atmosphere. We love how he captured the essence of the band and their passion for exploration.

Does the album art reflect the music?
With artwork done by California-based artist Samantha Muljat. The album cover is all consuming with the mountainous landscape and definitely enhances their majestic sound.

What adult beverage to enjoy while listening to this album?
Enjoy a bottle of Haandbryggeriet Norse Porter. This Norwegian porter is smooth, malty, and slightly smoky. With rich deep fruit flavors and a little coffee aftertaste, this is a must with Slow Wander.

Final thoughts on Slow Wander.
Red Mountains are the prime example of a band currently flying way under the radar and has floored us with this album. We cannot find any weak moments as we hear something new with every listen. Anyone who loves rich diversity in their rock music will be stoked for this album. Kudos to All Good Clean Records for releasing this one, they have a hidden gem on their hands. - 10/31/2017

Tracklist:
1. Home
2. Rat King
3. Oak
4. Endless Ocean
5. Stone
6. Fog
7. Cellar Door
8. Acid Wedding
9. Returning

Members:
Simen Mathiassen - Drums
Sverre Dalen - Bass
Jostein Wigenstad - Guitar
Magnus Riise - Guitar / Vocals

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