Secret Mountains (Record Release Show)
Here's one vote for Secret Mountains being indie-Baltimore's current most likely to succeed act. The five-piece, formed from the ashes of local ensemble the Owls Go, has created the sort of rapturous, deeply considered debut that shows a group of musicians out-of-the-gate ablaze--analogous to Wye Oak/Monarch's If Children. Somewhat a product, it feels, of the freak-folk implosion and its Animal Collective aftermath--e.g., weird folk-based music finding its mooring and turning visceral and even catchy--the laconic yet expansive Kaddish lopes along in sampled nature sounds and assorted atmospheric oddness, rolling and wistful guitar melodies, drowsy tempos, and languid and lovely vocals from Kelly Laughlin that build into stunning multi-part harmonies. Kaddish is, in short, irresistible. Its climaxes feel like they could tear a hole in the sky, and its meditations could sooth the damned. The heavy stomp and gracefully bent guitar notes of closer "I Have Been Awake" preface an absolute earthquake of a climax, trailing off in a last few measures of hush. Yet nothing of all these shifting dynamics feel rushed or forced, rather more like a mountain stream turned waterfall under gravity. Impressive, to say the least.
I am Andrew C, and I write and record these songs. I then dress them up with several other sounds. ..I have only ever played one show. With some friends on the night I graduated from college. We covered "Tugboat" by Galaxie 500 and "Amen" by Spacemen 3, and I was feeling a little ill, for I had a cold. Regardless, ribaldry and mirth were the orders of the evening and much fun was had by all.
I will probably play some shows at some point, but I do not know if I would like to now that I am older. It was very easy in high school, when friends hosted rock and roll shows. Then, one could get by on chops or charm alone. Now people demand both. And also, back then, if nobody showed—hey, no big deal... Now if I play any show it will probably be at some bar, where many people will lose much money. We might all go home having spent too much on drinks, having had a very sad evening... I struggle with the dual imperatives of promoting my music and respecting myself
"Day Joy is the creation of Peter Michael Perceval and Michael Serrin of Orlando FL. Their music began acoustically on the porch and recordings began with just the duo layering instrumentation together and and creating the lush and layered Dream Folk/Pop recordings you can hear now. Currently they have added 3 new members to the roster Travis Reed (Loud Valley whom also made an appearance with The War On Drugs at DeLuna Fest 2012), Artie Burer (Loud Valley) and Adam Ibrahim (Sterling Schroder and the Chosen Ones) in order to play the songs true to form live. At the tail end of 2011 they quietly released two singles "New Ordinary" and "Go To Sleep, Mess" on their bandcamp page. In a matter of weeks they had been heard by thousands across the web and were covered by a number of reputable blogs and magazines. Day Joy has also received a large amount of press coverage throughout Europe and the UK being featured on several radio shows as well as being featured on a TV and internet commercial for Danish company Trio Bikes . They are set to be doing their first East Coast tour in Augus and are currently putting finishing touches on their debut LP which will feature some previously heard recordings updated as well as 6 new songs. The LP is slated for an October release date on Small Plates Records leading up to the CMJ festival in NY."