Sep 022011

Hailing from Vermont, the all-female folk trio Mountain Man spent the summer winning over audiences at folk festivals across the country with their breathtaking vocal abilities. Singing with minimal or no accompaniment, Molly Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig and Amelia Meath twist their voices together into complex webs of layered melody and harmony, forming a hypnotic soundscape that feels like it belongs in a majestic cathedral or concert hall. In a recent a cappella session for LaundroMatinee the group performed a few numbers, including their completely stripped-down take on experimental cellist Arthur Russell‘s “Kid Like You”.

Originally an electronic, vaguely industrial composition that focused around droning cellos and distorted sampling, Mountain Man distills the song down to its brilliant melodic core. They use their voices to color in the sustained background notes, giving the song a much more organic and innocent feel. Download the track below. (via LaundroMatinee)

MP3: Mountain Man – Kid Like You (Arthur Russell cover)

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Check out more from Mountain Man on their website.

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