Not many things can transform you – I guess it depends on your ability to be transformed – but for some reason music has long been that to me. Or rather: I thought it was. Or better: it is, but not in the way I long thought it was.
Music is a cultural industry as anything else, and for the audience it is a game without any real consequences other than aesthetical, leading to discussions about the records’ respective qualities and endless end-of-the-year top lists. Most of what I considered as transformative was actually music that transformed the way I experienced music – which is already a great, if tautologic, quality.
Mount Eerie’s latest album Sauna (2015), was definitely one of those albums. Its atmospheric quality, mixed with strong songwriting and literal lyrics struck me as something quite unlike my previous musical favorites. It was an achievement ...