words by tom johnson
photograph by sam williams
The project of LVL UP’s Dave Benton, Trace Mountains makes subtly warped soundscapes, previously framed beautifully by 2016’s Buttery Sprouts collection, and that indelibly intriguing project grows deeper roots this year with the release ‘A Partner To Lean On‘, a brand new album which will be released at the end of March via his own Figure 2 RC label, and is preceded this week via the stirring first track ‘Turn Twice’.
Streaming below now, the new track is suitably enigmatic, a four minute haze of untethered ends and dreamlike strands of endeavour that hover with clarity when faced with them and yet feel immediately intangible from the outside. The half-buried vocal is indicative of these sentiments, blurred and inconspicuous it hangs something like a shadow without any grasp on what’s projecting it. The instrumentation is more fully formed, inventive but still steady and dependable, it melds gnarly runs of guitar with brooding drum beats and sonic surrounding noise that only adds to the sense of displacement the track offers.
A compelling start-point to the full nine-track LP – which is available to pre-order both digitally and on vinyl here – you can stream the new track right here:
Pre-order ‘A Partner To Lean On’ here, via Bandcamp