Mountain Man, is the trio made up of Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, Amelia Randall Meath, and Molly Erin Sarlé – shares “Play It Right.” It’s the Mountain Man song that served as the eventual catalyst for Sylvan Esso in 2013, when Amelia Meath approached Nick Sanborn about doing a remix of the track. That version was included on Sylvan Esso’s self-titled debut album; here, it’s classic Mountain Man — stripped back vocal acrobatics, a live version recorded for a LaundroMatinee session in Indianapolis back in 2011. The track, is the final pre-release track from the forthcoming deluxe reissue of their 2010 debut album, Made the Harbor, which is out this Friday, November 5th via Psychic Hotline.
Of the recording, Mountain Man shares, “This song encapsulates much of the exploratory essence of Mountain Man–the melody is like a balloon tethered to the earth by a vocal line that holds down something of a reliable counter-form, while the third part is free to be the wind, and even to be improvised in performance. It holds a special place in our hearts for the role it played in the formation and mythology of Amelia and Nick’s band.”
The deluxe version of Made the Harbor will feature a second LP’s worth of bonus material — unreleased songs, live sessions recorded at Bennington College’s Greenwall Auditorium at the inception of the project, along with covers of the Mills Brothers, Arthur Russell, and then-Vermont contemporary toothache, and more. The deluxe packaging includes a collage culled from the band’s personal collection as well as live photos from that time, and a beautiful personal essay about the record penned by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy.
Today’s track follows the October release of “Animal Tracks (Greenwall Session),” a demo version of one of the most beloved Mountain Man tracks. In September, alongside the announcement of the deluxe reissue, Mountain Man released their cover of Arthur Russell’s “Kid Like You,” a previously-unreleased live recording also from Doug Fellegy and Jeff DuPont of Indiana music blog LaundroMatinee, recorded live in 2011 at Big Car Gallery in Indianapolis, IN.
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