Merge, you are our rock. And, no, I’m not talking about the numerous theories that Mac McCaughan is an advanced automaton, much like the mythical golem. Those are just theories, no matter how much evidence falls in their favor! What I’m trying to convey is that Merge remains ever-reliable in delivering the world tuneful, frequently folky indie-rock. Time and time again, Merge does their thing. Just recently, the label signed Mount Moriah, a folk group consisting of two Chapel Hill record clerks. Merge, doing their thing! Us, clapping at Merge doing their thing!
The label will reissue Mount Moriah’s self-titled debut (originally released on CD last year) on limited-edition vinyl on October 2. Listen to a stream of that very record on the group’s Bandcamp page and/or check out their video for “Plane” at Paste. In early 2013, the band plans on releasing their proper Merge debut.
But that’s not the end of the Mount Moriah/Merge Records lovefest! See, the band is set to play Merge’s CMJ Showcase at the Mercury Lounge on October 18. They’ll be joining a lineup that includes label owner/man of rock Mac McCaughan, Eleanor Friedburger, Telekinesis, and Reigning Sound. Beyond that, Mount Moriah will join Mirah for a quick run of East Coast dates in November. They will then return to the sweet, warm womb of Chapel Hill and cuddle forever in a giant bed with all their Merge labelmates.
Mount Moriah tracklist:
01. Only Way Out
02. Social Wedding Rings
05. Old Gowns
07. We Don’t Need Much
08. Hail, Lightning
LP-Exclusive Bonus Tracks:
01. Lament (Live at KCMP The Current 7/15/11)
02. Social Wedding Rings (Live at Oregon Public Broadcasting 2/23/12)
03. Only Way Out (Live at Oregon Public Broadcasting 2/23/12)
04. Reckoning (HearYa Live Session 7/11/11)
05. Honey (Live at WCBE Columbus 2/9/12)
06. Only Way Out (Live at KDHX St. Louis 2/11/12)
07. Lament (Live at KDHX St. Louis, 2/11/12)
Mount Moriah dates:
10.18.12 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (Merge CMJ Showcase)
11.11.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
11.12.12 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
11.13.12 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
11.14.12 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
[Photo: Andrew Yussef]