Published on February 29th, 2012 | by Chase Larson0
“Oak Tree” — Desert Noises
As a self-proclaimed music connoisseur, I like to make a special effort to properly delve into the sounds of whatever geographic music scene I happen to be a part of. No matter the location, I can always manage to turn up a few diamonds in the rough. Even that process has a caveat, however, with the idea that said music is “really good for a local band.”
Enter norm-breaking group Desert Noises via the “bustling” nightlife of my college town, Provo, UT. Taken under the patriarchal wing of musician/producer Joshua James, the young group has thrived in the burgeoning indie folk scene with a blend of harmony, picked guitar reverb and just a hint of twang. Adoring fans of the nostalgic sounds produced by Fleet Foxes and Band of Horses or the percussive experimentation of Local Natives will find a sense of familiarity in the evocative, ethereal sounds of Desert Noises’ latest LP, Mountain Sea.
One of the standouts on the album is “Oak Tree,” a case study in successful songwriting. Featuring a driving beat and channeling vocals à la Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold, the tune manages to be both toe-tapping and contemplative. But far from copycats, expect big things from these gifted young musicians.
Stream Desert Noises’ Mountain Sea below: