introduction by tom johnson
Following on from the hypnotic lead track, Turn Twice, released last month, Trace Mountains has now shared his new album’s opening track – and Cary’s Dreams is equally alluring, another absorbing and wholesome patchwork of ideas; all the threads of ambition drawn together to sit as one solid piece of ambient pop music.
Led by Dave Benton’s wilted lead voice, able to sketch little scenes of quietude from otherwise listless days, like a scruffy notepad usually laid to waste, the track, like most of Benton’s work, packs an inventiveness that is somewhat disguised by the plainness of the vocal delivery. Repeated listens seem to open the whole thing up however, revealing a little more each time, an image slowly brought in to focus.
The full record arrives at the end of March, but you can stream both tracks via Bandcamp here, ahead of a quick-fire Q&A with Benton, which you can find below.
What was the last record you bought and was it any good?
The last record I bought a physical copy of was Coma Cinema’s Loss Memory, which came out at the very end of last year. I’ve yet to receive the actual record because it was a pre-order, but I’ve streamed it countless times online. It’s a really nice one.
What was the last live show you saw that blew you away?
I don’t go to a lot of concerts, but probably the last one that really made an impact was seeing Joanna Newsom perform after the release of her 2015 album, Divers.
Favourite album of the last year?
Of albums released in 2017, it’s a tie between Nana Grizol’s Ursa Minor and Power Trip’s Nightmare Logic.
Favourite album of the last decade?
Too hard to really choose I think!
Favourite closing track on any record?
“Stone’s Ode” from Mount Eerie’s Wind’s Poem is the first one that comes to mind! There are so many nice moments on that album.
Favourite weekend record?
I don’t listen to a lot of music when I’m at home, and my preferences really vary depending on my mood, but if I had to pick one for this weekend it’d be Colour Green by Sibylle Baier.
Favourite show you’ve ever played?
A recent Trace Mountains show at the Silent Barn in Brooklyn was really memorable. We were opening for Ought and it was our first performance with the current lineup.
What’s the one thing you’d change about the music world if you could?
There are plenty of structural things about the industry that bother me but most of all I think that the pace of it seems almost in direct opposition to how most artists operate. It becomes very difficult to maintain a healthy creative schedule while also balancing the exterior obligations that keep the business running. I think a lot of it just has to do with how the music is consumed, as a product. It’s pretty sad to have your music looked at in that way, and can be damaging if you as an artist put too much value on keeping up with the ins & outs of the industry.
A Partner To Lean On is available for pre-order now;
released on March 30th Figure 2 RC
3/31 – Brooklyn, NY @ Alphaville *
4/6 – Washington, DC @ DC9
4/7 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Sound Hole
4/8 – New Paltz, NY @ Nachohouse
4/9 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
4/10 – Montréal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo
4/11 – Toronto, ON @ Burdock
4/12 – Rochester, NY @ Small World Books
*Record Release Show w/ Operator Music Band and Spirit Was