Monday, September 26, 2011


When you think of sprightly indie pop gems, Brussels usually doesn't rush to mind as an A&R goldmine. But all that's in the past. After close to two years of recording and mastering, Great Mountain Fire have dropped their debut album and with it, the shiniest debut single we've heard in a minute in "Late Lights". Like a plot device, the unassuming whistle flutters innocently about, distracting you from an epic bassline that you're about to get real familiar with over the next three minutes. Without hesitation, Great Mountain Fire let loose with a vocal attack from frontman Thomas de Hemptinne that quickly brings to mind that of another Thomas of the same native tongue. His delivery accents the track with an ethereal serenade that often breaks character to go falsetto over masterful instrumentation that, with each listen, only further reminds us of It's Never Been Like That-era Phoenix.

As soon as the second verse and pre-chorus wraps and warms you up, respectively, the chorus unfurls its magnificent wings and takes off, armed to the teeth with a choppy guitar riff and a conniving, unrelenting bassline. Then it's that charming flute whistle that returns to the scene like a welcome pick-me-up and you're airborne, with each passing line delivered like a match striking over and over until, at last, it catches on and the band lives up to their name. Great Mountain FUEGO.

MP3: "Late Lights" - Great Mountain Fire [exclusive]

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