Hopefully, you haven’t forgotten about Mount Moriah‘s Miracle Temple for those best-of-2013 lists you’re jotting down, but the North Carolina band gives you a gentle reminder of how great its February release is with the new video for the slow-burning ballad “Miracle Temple Holiness”. Earlier this year, PopMatters’ Matthew Fiander described Miracle Temple as “a lush, deeply layered, sunburst of a record”, a rich effort “that rises and falls on [Heather] McEntire’s rangy, sweet vocals and forms ridges and valleys in [guitarist Jenks] Miller’s impeccable knack for texture”. On “Miracle Temple Holiness”, Mount Moriah stretches things out a little more, moving at a molasses-like pace with a low-heat intensity that really draws out all the soulful depth out of Heather McEntire’s incomparably resonant voice.
PopMatters is pleased to premiere the video for “Miracle Temple Holiness”, directed by Casey Cook. And if the video doesn’t do enough to jog your memory of one of 2013’s breakthrough efforts, you can check out Mount Moriah on a brief east coast jaunt with Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside, starting tonight.
11/1 - WASHINGTON, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
11/2 - NEW YORK, NY - Mercury Lounge
11/3 - PHILADELPHIA, PA - North Star Bar
11/5 - PROVIDENCE, RI - Columbus Theatre
11/6 - CAMBRIDGE, MA - Lizard Lounge
1/25 - DURHAM, NC - Motorco Music Hall (Heather McEntrire solo, with Amy Ray)
1/26 - ATLANTA, GA - Variety Playhouse (Heather McEntrire solo, with Amy Ray)