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Shadow of a Mountain

by VIR

A dark and beautiful blend of Dream pop, Post-punk and Shoegaze.
Genre: Rock: Shoegaze
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1. Winterland
4:37 $0.99
2. Wake Up Son
7:37 $0.99
3. The Kicker
4:42 $0.99
4. Tuesday Morning
5:17 $0.99
5. I Get It
5:41 $0.99
6. Southern Cross
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7. How will you Sleep?
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8. Miss Jane Doe
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9. Montana
4:43 $0.99
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Album Notes
VIR’s Shadow of a Mountain blends elements of post-punk and shoegaze to create a glacial, dark and elegant record. Sam Sloane’s mercurial and echo-laden guitar drifts through the record while Natasha Arens and Jeff Paul’s rhythm section build and swell around the escalating tension in Sloane’s vocals.

With the band now based in the SF bay area but with roots in Christchurch, New Zealand, the album contends with a longing for home and a sense of loss despite the idealistic urge for challenge and experience abroad. Drawn to the contradictions and contrasts in the U.S the album contends with a futile attempt and defiant struggle to challenge an insurmountable mountain, as a result, VIR produce an album evocative of the American landscape.

VIR’s music is unashamedly melodic, honest and affecting. The songs are built on an engaging dynamic of fragility, melancholy, ambiance and intensity. Live, the band is uninhibited in communicating songs of love and loss and the fervor with which they play elevates the music to evocative peaks.

The band will be touring Shadow of a Mountain throughout the United States throughout the year and will come home to New Zealand in December 2008 for a national tour.



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Melodic Alternative Rock Album That Features Good Songwriting And an Innovative,
"Shadow of a Mountain" by VIR is a dreamy and melodic shoegaze-style alternative rock album that features good songwriting and an innovative, experimental sound. The influence of early new wave punk is well represented in VIR’s sound, but they bring it to you in their own original way. These guys are pretty edgy and aren't afraid to take chances. There is an ever-present, grounding rawness to the sound, and the power-packed melodies will entertain your ears. The vocal performances are excellent, with a great vulnerable quality that lies underneath a strong voice. The lyrics are interesting as well, displaying a lingual sense while tugging at your emotions. “Shadow of a Mountain” is very well-recorded and maintains a nice analog quality. Highlights include "Wake Up Son," with excellent layering of guitar sounds and cool effects. "The Kicker" features a great vocal performance, progressive rhythm, and nice melodies. "Montana" wraps things up nicely with an atonal progression and an overall broodiness. If you enjoy experimental, modern sounds combined with a new wave, shoegaze sound, “Shadow of a Mountain” will be right up your alley.