For the past twenty-five years, I’ve been lucky enough to see whatever music project Chris Simpson thinks up become a reality. First with emo four piece Mineral, then with Gloria Record, being around in Texas meant that I got to see both whenever I wanted. When Simpson went out solo as Zookeeper, I was immediately down with the folk based party he seemed to be throwing. Now with a new name Mountain Time, Simpson has released a new single “Rosemary, Etc.” and announced a new signing and a new album Music For Looking Animals. The song is exactly what you’re wanting and the album is due in June.
The song has this folk tinged touch, in many ways how acts like Van Morrison and Harry Nilsson lead their songs. But while you can compare the song to many great acts, the tone and the vibe are pure Simpson. The way the acoustic meets the vocals before the drums come in and an electric guitar adds just enough Southern charm makes for a perfectly balanced tone. The falsetto vocals adds a nice touch while the heavy instrumentation blends well with the singer songwriter’s arrangements. Gone are the emo tones in favor of brass and backing vocals for a grander sound. It’s enough to tickle your ears, while waiting for the album to drop.
“Rosemary, Etc.” is available to stream above or on Soundcloud. Music For Looking Animals is ready to preorder on a limited run vinyl available in two colorways directly from Spartan Records ahead of its June 26 release.
Image Credits: Photo by Daniel Cavazos.