Last April, Dust Mountain had their live debut at Roadburn Redux as part of the Svart Sessions. The collective formed in 2016 by siblings Toni Hietamäki (Oranssi Pazuzu and Waste Of Space Orchestra) and Henna Hietamäki (Cats of Transnistria and Henna & Houreet) soon turned into a hell of a band, with drummer Jukkka Rämänen (Hexvessel and Dark Buddha Rising), bassist Riku Pirttiniemi (Death Hawks), and guitarist/vocalist Pauliina Lindell (Vuono). Their sound comes inspired by 60s and 70s legends like Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Jefferson Airplane, Coven, and Linda Perhacs, with what the album’s press release describes as a “soft touch of doom riffs and distortion.” The statement goes on to explain that the band’s “joyous pagan gospel seeks pieces of a world hidden but not lost. Their stories celebrate the connection to nature and ancient rituals, moving between fictional fantasies and true, close-to-heart beliefs.” You can now hear two such stories, namely, «Village on Fire» and «Holy Equinox».
«Hymns For Wilderness» is set for release on October 22 via Svart Records on cd, digital, and vinyl formats. Pre-orders can be found here (cd) and here (digital), with the vinyl option having already sold out.