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Mountain Lions Announces Single, “California”

The new indie folk single from Mountain Lions, “California”, is an invitation into the warm glowing fold of summertime. It’s a melodic sunlit caress beckoning to explore the open road and find a sense of home amidst life's constant motion. It’s that brush of wind felt from an open window driving down a coastal highway, while each note soothes in wanderlust. Produced by Dave Douglas (Relient K) and Rob Parr (The Dear Hunter), it’s the first single off the upcoming album, We Are, out August 10.

“California” is a personal journey of self-discovery, and one piece of the culmination of songwriting and storytelling that Steven Diaz has crafted over the past five years. The upbeat and glistening melody tells the story of setting your sights on the goal, but being present in the entire journey. It rejoices in the kinetic energy of the road. Diaz explains, “It has some ties to Jack Kerouac because the road is a fun place to be, especially in between landmarks. For me, it’s a reminder to enjoy the process and not wish that I was there already.” Like a guitar on a beach at sunset while a campfire crackles in the background, this sing-a-long bottles up every summer memory into one blissful word, “California.” As the sun finally sets you realize that it was never about the destination in the first place, but about every stop along the way.

We Are is an escape from the outside world, and an invitation to go within. Like the chapters of a novel, each song tells a story as part of the whole, as the entire concept puts an honest truth to a play on words. “We Are Mountain Lions” speaks to the concept that Mountain Lions is made up of Artist and Audience, and the stories told belong to everyone. Diaz developed the concept to be an inclusive experience that goes beyond the musical nuances. From being the sole witness to a NYC subway performance on “A New Light”, to the enchanting love story between a man and mermaid on “Fishbone”, each story paints a vivid world to share. There is a level of emotional immersion that the record creates which remedies the lost art of making an album. Diaz explains, “I think that ‘the album’ has fallen out of style in an era of singles, but there is a sacred element that is not forgotten. I think I have captured a small piece of that in We Are, and I am excited about the impact of that for listeners.”

We Are Track Listing

  1. Own Way Home
  2. Dirt and Dust
  3. Somewhere Complete
  4. California
  5. A New Light
  6. Fishbone
  7. Head Over Heels
  8. In the Valley
  9. Deep Blue
  10. Conquered by the Sea

About Mountain Lions:

To date, Steven Diaz is most known as a contributing member of Cleveland indie rock band, The Lighthouse and the Whaler, who have been featured in USA Today, Paste, Consequence of Sound, MTV.com, and NPR, and who toured extensively with Ra Ra Riot, Matt Pond PA, and Jukebox The Ghost. His new project, Mountain Lions, is an indie pop ensemble inspired by murmurings of Moog and marshland alike. The upcoming album, We Are, was produced by Dave Douglas (Relient K) and Rob Parr (The Dear Hunter), and is due out August 10.

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Paul Corsi

When he’s not playing a show or practicing with his band Go Tiger, Go! he can be found at one of Detroit’s best new restaurants or taking in the sights and sounds that the area has to offer. He loves running, coffee houses, playing with puppies, and the occasional vortex of video games.

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