Due Out August 26th via Dust Etc
Share “Never Lonely (feat. Forth Wanderers’ Ava Trilling)” with Stereogum
photo credit: Rachel Saltzman
LISTEN TO “NEVER LONELY”
Space Mountain is excited to announce the release of Big Sky, the third full length from Cole Kinsler’s Boston based bedroom pop project. The album is due out August 26th via Kinsler’s own Dust Etc. (Harmoos, Flout, Normal Person). Stereogum is sharing the premiere of “Never Lonely,” the record’s first single, a unique collaboration with Forth Wanderers’ Ava Trilling. Having released a new album each year since 2013, Space Mountain’s music continues to take new shape with each release, blending heart on a sleeve indie rock with lush bedroom pop and guitar solos that are both vibrant and soulful.
On “Never Lonely,” Kinsler is joined by Ava Trilling of Forth Wanderers who handles the bulk of the vocals, but the highlight comes when Kinsler’s low moaning croon enters, harmonizing gorgeously with Trilling’s raspy beauty. The song focuses’ on salvation through friends, both imaginary and real, and the escape of loneliness.
Stereogum shared, “Big Sky is his latest, and “Never Lonely” is its bummed-out lead single. Forth Wanderers’ Ava Trilling takes on primary vocal duties on this one, and she’s playing the role of the doting and ever-waiting housewife, living out her days based around her partner’s return. It trades on classical rugged exceptionalism … to tell a story that’s engrained in our collective unconscious … The “Never Lonely” of the title is an empty feeling and, on the last verse when Kinsler joins in with his deep monotone, their character runs into a friend and uses that connection as a way to get past her loneliness…”
Recorded with just one microphone in Kinsler’s bedroom, he kept the process fairly straightforward and it shows in the record’s personal atmosphere and no-frills honesty. Inspired by the primitive guitar work of John Fahey and Jack Rose, Space Mountain’s new record shows growth while leaning toward folk music with as much focus on songwriting as the exceptional instrumentals (the guitar tone throughout is absolutely lovely, ahh… makes me swoon).
While talking about the themes of the record, Kinsler shared, “I like to contrast small personal problems or questions with a larger awe of the universe. I started reading Proust while I was writing these songs, and I think his writing affected me a lot. I was thinking a lot about involuntary memory, the passage of time, and the value of art. I think I subconsciously included some “Proustian moments” in the lyrics just because the idea resonated with me so much. I like the idea of finding solace in the beauty and wonderment of life.”
ABOUT SPACE MOUNTAIN:
Space Mountain is the project of Cole Kinsler of Boston. Initially inspired by the DIY music he discovered in college, Space Mountain now stands as a vehicle for his songwriting, in whatever directions it takes. Big Sky is Space Mountain’s fourth release, a bright and brilliant album of bedroom pop both weary and optimistic. While the project has served as an outlet for Kinsler’s songs primarily in recordings alone, Kinsler is looking to begin performing live around the release of Big Sky. Speaking about the record in brief, humble quips, Kinsler shared, “the set of songs on this one is pretty diverse in terms of mood and sound, so I hope most folks would find a song or two they really enjoy. There’s one duet, a couple instrumental tracks, one Wilco reference, some sad stuff, some happy stuff.” Space Mountain has found balance and the results are gorgeous, introspective, and timeless.
Big Sky is out August 26th.
August 26, 2016
1. Big Sky
2. Anecdote of a Star
3. Never Lonely
5. One Morning
6. Faded Blue
7. Silent Space
8. Before Midnight