As a first foray into the world of studio recording with a founding member lost, the collective does better than most in more than making up for a missing piece.
Fans of Mt. Wolf have been waiting in earnest for the release of their latest effort, Red, and for good reason. Following the departure of lead vocalist Kate Sproule, many wondered where the band would be left with any impending releases. As the first release following Sproule’s departure, however, Mt. Wolf has proven that the need to worry is very much near zero on the meter.
An ambient and inward-looking effort from the group -- now comprised of Sebastian "Bassi" Fox, Alex Mitchell, and Stevie McMinn -- the band still manages to soar as much as a trio as they were as a quartet. Incorporating steady usage of acoustic samplings and electronic reverb, the collective make an easily listenable extra step into lopsided lanes of electronic and folk, bringing to mind a more spatial Bon Iver or Lord Huron. As a first foray into the world of studio recording with a founding member lost, the collective does better than most in making up for a missing piece. The slow-paced, introverted, and ethereal nature of their songs won’t necessarily tick the right boxes for all listeners, but for those that fall squarely into the “dream folk” niche in question, it’s a great fit.