Based out Quad Cities, Illinois, Mountain Swallower’s music stands with feet in both the folk and rock traditions. And while they forgo the funkier and more soulful Chicago veins, they bring a boatload of their own soul and punch. Mountain Swallower walks a tight line. To capture both beauty and struggle in a single phrase is a difficult task – to capture stagnation and dejection risks creating stagnation worthy of rejection. Mountain Swallower’s strength lies in their ability to prick your ears and leave your wanting more – their ebbs and flow of pain are interspaced by harmonious pluckings, both often proposed over the same melodic lines. As an independent release, the entire album feels spit-shined to capture the core of the band’s energetic melancholy sound.