The backlog of great 2009 albums is upon me but Pink Mountaintops’ new one, Outside Love, is one I definitely wanted to make sure I wrote about here. The band is led by Stephen McBean who is also the driving force behind Black Mountain of whom I’ve always been a bigger fan. But with Outside Love, Pink Mountaintops have closed the gap big time.
Whereas other Pink Mountaintops records have sounded a bit more…solo I guess, with the new record McBean has surrounded himself with a ton of musicians and the result is a big record full of big songs. Nothing rambles on too long and many of the songs have choruses that beg to be sung along with (The Gayest of Sunbeams being my personal favourite at this point). In a year full of great records, Outside Love is one that I find myself continuing to go back to. Fantastic stuff.
You can also stream the whole record at the band’s MySpace. And if you still aren’t convinced, here’s some bits and pieces from the PR release for the record:
Outside Love is ten songs of love and hate that read like a Danielle Steele romance novel but that would probably make for bad television. The ten songs on Outside Love are about or influenced by weddings in Montreal, winter, Pink Floyd’s The Final Cut, Christmas albums, that one Exile song and that one Echo and the Bunnymen song, the Bermuda Triangle, being depressed in the sunshine, people who haven’t made out yet but will in the future, The Everly Brothers, clowns in the ceilings, and bedrooms where skinheads used to live.
Who doesn’t love songs about clowns in the ceilings?