Black Mountain – Wilderness Heart

Like an ingested pot buzz, the charms of Wilderness Heart creep up on you and before you realize it, you are thoroughly intoxicated. It’s almost schizophrenic nature jumping from southern style rock to sludge fests to single note synth driven riff rock among other styles, keeps you guessing until the end.

Following up their excellent 2008 album, In The Future, Black Mountain are unafraid to let various American influences flow even if the band is actually from Canada. With the preponderance of great stoner bands coming out of the great white north, I could ask what’s in the water up there in BC but I already know the answer.

Group leader Stephen McBean has an impressive resume with his other efforts like the work with musical project Pink Mountaintops as well as his efforts to give back to the local community via social work with the Insite organization. This giving nature is also reflected in the generosity he shares with fellow band mates in Black Mountain. This constantly changing focus keeps things interesting as he and fellow band mate Amber Webber vocally riff off each other throughout the ten tracks.

It’s always been an intriguing question if music can actually enact social change but regardless of the answer to that question, listening to Wilderness Heart will fill you with good-hearted energy. Now weather that energy is used for the common good or just to seek out another blast is entirely up to you.
Rob Hudson

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