Find out why Jonathan Frahm from PopMatters is calling Mountain Lions' new single, 'explorative folk"! Read the premiere of and watch the music video for their single, "In The Valley" here!
The record is a culmination of songwriting and storytelling by Steven Diaz crafted over the past five years. To date, 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.
This year, Diaz shifted focus to his own music, pushing eject on all other projects and reinventing his craft somewhere it could be deeply informed by his favorite sonic themes of nature and technology - Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina. The new creation is Mountain Lions, an indie pop ensemble inspired by murmurings of Moog and marshland alike. The lyrics have at their core, earnest and tangible emotion. Whether it be the joy of a summertime roadtrip, the devastating loss of a friend, or the internal search for worth in the “everyday”... Mountain Lions seeks to bottle these emotions, swirl them gently in the light, and pass them around the circle.
The album was recorded with the help of Relient K’s Dave Douglas, and Mountain Lions has begun performing at local venues and regional festivals. A home-recorded EP has been circulating since the fall with B-sides not included on the full-length, giving long-time fans of Lighthouse and new NC neighbors much to anticipate.
It is here, on a woodland homestead with sixty-five free-range chickens, a few minutes from his tech-industry day job, that Steven Diaz becomes Mountain Lions. And it is this summer that Mountain Lions brings us a striking display of fun, colorful pop, woven in and against stark emotional insight.
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Like a smoldering, flickering flame, the new single from Mountain Lions burns with a soft translucent glow. “In The Valley” is a glimpse behind the obscure curtain of time.
Need a summer anthem? Mountain Lions have a folk tune that is too catchy not to play on repeat all summer long. Read about Atwood's premiere of the single.
Jonathan Aird, Americana UK
"It’s the kind of track you might imagine someone who works in the Tech Industry by day, whilst living on a homestead with a flock of free range chickens, would make – precise and loose." [6/14/2018]
If It's Too Loud...
"Somehow Steven Diaz takes something could could be ordinary and mundane and instead crafts a song that stops just shy of that. " [6/20/18]
"The song plays out like a night at a campfire. The guitars and the vocals ring together with a beautiful twang, keeping the songs melodies swift and catchy." [7/6/2018]
Ear to the Ground
"These rich harmonies are one of the reasons why we even became bloggers. The style reminds me a bit of a personal favorite, Good Old War." [6/19/18]
The Wild Honeypie
" Like the folklore of millennia before, “In The Valley” uses symbols from the natural world to convey sentiments about the human experience — in this case, the georgic images call for the listener to slow down, reflect, and find peace in being alone." [8/7/18]
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