Hard to believe it’s been nearly 7 years since we first got to know Mount Sharp over here on the ol’ SIMGE pages, and with that time comes plenty of life developments that inextricably tie themselves to the art; moves, wedding days, kids. As these wonderful moments occurred and crystallized, the band clocked it all throughout their semi-hiatus resulting in their latest and greatest LP, That Shadow.
Not unlike catching up with a friend you haven’t seen in a while at a diner, you pick back up an effortless rapport last visited on the Weird Fears EP like no time has passed at all. The haircuts a little different from what you remember, and maybe some more heartbreak or grief has cut deep, but the core devoid of artifice stays lit.
Flowery thoughts out of the way, That Shadow is a delightful listen for anybody who enjoys sharp lyricism and guitar-driven indie oscillating between your J. Mascis’ and the more pensive tunes of early Hop Along. Swood works between the very real internal struggles that dominate while managing depression or an impossible situation that seems like it shouldn’t be so to musings examining the cosmos.
Stream Mount Sharp’s That Shadow in full below and look for it via Dadstache Records here.