A Mountain Of One, Collected Works

David Stubbs

By David Stubbs

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Collected Works

A Mountain Of One

London's A Mountain of One might come from a techno background but there's nothing austere or futuristic about them. Drawing on a soft, rich underbelly of '70s and '80s rock, in which reminiscences of Fleetwood Mac, the oceanic topography of Steve Hillage, Talk Talk, the Orb, Santana and even Neu all fly by, A Mountain of One come on like unabashed rock mystics and hippie idealists. Indeed, “People Without Love” makes the point almost aggressively, Zeb Jameson's epic vocals turned menacingly Cockney, like he's bearding you in a South London pub. Really, though, this compilation of the group's EPs is a shameless celebration of rock's supposedly guiltier pleasures, all exonerated in the capable hands of Jameson and production duo Mo Morris and Leo Elstob.

Unabashed rock mystics and hippie idealists take a holiday from the neo-post-punk agenda.

Opener “Ride” is a guitar-heavy, linear odyssey to a mythical, better place; “Warping of the Clock” sunbathes in a sequencer swirl and a Gothic chorus of vocals reminiscent of the Byrds '”Eight Miles High.” “Can't Be Serious” (featuring Martina Topley-Bird) trots with the stately canter of a unicorn, “Innocent Line” drones like bees on a drowsy Summer afternoon, while “Brown Piano” tapers off into a golden sunset. A fine holiday from the rigours of the neo-post-punk agenda.