Space Music: Black Mountain, Mothers of the Sun


Black Mountain's Stephen McBean Jagjaguwar Records

I don't feature a lot of rock here on Space Music, but I have to highlight some recent material by Black Mountain. The Canadian quintet has been cranking out their unique brand of rock-and-roll for over 10 years now, but they didn't pop up on my personal radar until the film "Beyond the Black Rainbow" introduced me to the synth mastery of keyboardist Jermey Schmidt (AKA Sinoia Caves).

Black Mountain's music varies from more traditional tracks like "Angels" and "Stay Free" off the album "In The Future" to trippier tracks like "Wucan" off the same album and "Phosphorescent Waves." I tend to favor the weirder stuff, so I'm really loving the track "Mothers of the Sun" off their upcoming album "IV." It boasts just the right balance of Schmidt's organ electronics and a grungy metal vibe reminiscent of early Black Sabbath -- plus the music video is a fun, occult psychedelic romp:

The "IV" Track "Florian Saucer Attack" also features an incredible music video, this one by animator/musician Chad Van Gaalen. It's loaded with aliens. Check it out:

You can currently stream both singles on Spotify and "IV" is up for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon.

Space Music is a continuous exploration of our expanding cosmos of sound, with a semi-firm emphasis on electronic music. Explore years of posts right here, and sample a little of everything at the Space Music Sampler playlist on Spotify.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.