The General Assembly

This Australian band is making some interesting music and I recommend their EP Dark Mountain Music, inspired in part by the Dark Mountain Project, an artistic response to the troubles of our times.

Dark Mountain Music carries the darkness of folk tales in its words and atmosphere. The songs are richly textured with strong melodies and rhythms that grab the attention. The five tracks on the EP have a nice balance of consistency and variety and while the tone of the music is dark the tunes are catchy and even foot-tapping.

The Dark Mountain Project is interesting too; while it is a response in particular to overwhelming environmental problems it is a considered one that stands outside the usual environmentalist positions, thanks no doubt to the leadership of thoughtful and articulate writer Paul Kingsnorth who is well worth following on Twitter as @paulkingsnorth (although there seems to be a contradiction between his stated position and actually having a Twitter account).


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