words by tom johnson
It’s not quite fair to say that Guilt Mountain has, up until this point, been fumbling around for solidity, but Kate Larson’s musical project has been trying to find its own space in time, Larson somewhat learning on the job as the pieced together two DIY-collections in 2013’s Tiger Hour and 2014’s Hey Witch, the former recorded entirely on USB microphones she found in the trash. What those records lacked in polish (not a necessary component by any means) they more than made up with in charm, and its those seeds that flower beautifully on Larson’s latest work – a brand new EP which is a resounding leap forward, and arrives next month via the ever-faithful arms of Team Love Records.
Recorded in New Paltz, New York, the four songs on the Rare Energy EP carry exactly that; a seldom found magic that feels like an instant connection. Lead track “Fever“, which is streaming below from today, exemplifies such a thing, radiating an energy that prickles at first and then fully envelops. A chugging three minutes, “Fever” is concocted from waves of snarling guitar, that sit just far enough back in the mix to not fully encroach, while Larson’s vocal drifts between amenity and languidness, shaping the who track with a vision that is formidably her own.
The full EP is available to pre-order now – via the Bandcamp player below – and you can listen to the brilliant “Fever” right here. Check it out: