Rad Releases 20 – Mountain Bloom
It’s that time once again, as the countdown to the end of 2020 rapidly approaches and we quickly want to move away from this year- we take a personal look back on familiar names, labels, promoters, and musicians’ best releases of the past 12 months. In what has been a challenging year for all, the one constant has been how artists and their labels have adapted and produced some of the best records of our time and it’s those releases that have the audience has depended on to get them through the year.
This year the Rad Releases special celebrates 10 years, to mark the decade-long feature we let our favorites take over the site to tell us the records that have kept them going throughout this trying year. Telling us how they’ve adapted, if they’ve returned to a loved record and what we can look forward to from them next year.
In the height of Summer this year, we were introduced to the sounds of London based act Mountain Bloom. The act record and produce their work themselves and have been since their evolution. The new and promising act has won us over with their first 2 releases and we can’t wait to hear more from this unit. Throughout the final half of 2020, the band has been dropping some of the most meaningful compositions as they prepare to release their debut album. We speak to Niall Coffey to find out more about his year in music..
Top 5 Releases
1. Polica // When We Stay Alive
Every track has its own vibe and is totally unique and Channy Leaneagh has all the melodies. Special shout out to Fake Like, which isn’t on this album but I was pretty obsessed with that track this year.
2. Sampha // Walking Flames
THE headphone listen of 2020.
3. Little Dragon // New Me Same Us
The whole album is great and the little stripped back instagram sessions they put out around this album were sick. Rhythm section on the BV’s killing it every time!
4. Fleet Foxes // Shore
I like that experimenting for Fleet Foxes is playing it a little straight. ‘Featherweight’ is easily one of my favourite songs of the year.
5. Julianna Barwick // Healing is a Miracle
‘More gorgeously layered vocal ambience’. Aaron’s record of the year. Don’t sleep on it like I have.
6. J Lloyd // Kosmos
Super short songs. Strong stream of consciousness vibes. All good things.
7. Arlo Parks // Black Dog // Eugene
Such good lyrics.
The best show you have played this year / gig attended (if you had the opportunity at the start of the year)
1. Best show I saw was that one where Rudy Giuliani was doing his Gary Oldman in the Fifth Element impression.
Has there been any record that’s got you through this year?
‘Sylvia’s Mother’ by Dr. Hook and ‘It’s Too Late To Turn Back Now’ by The Cornelius Brothers.
Best discovery this year?
1. This 70’s country playlist. So many good ones on this. I cannot recommend it enough, even if you think you hate country music. ‘Stop and Smell The Roses’ by Mac Davis and ‘Here You Come Again’ by Dolly Parton, I cannot recommend enough. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1DWYP5PUsVbso9?si=GiWzTNwtTxWky9bAqRUV_g
2. Homemade fried chicken.
3. Dua Lipa has some total bangers. I must have listened to ‘Don’t Start Now’ in my morning shower at least 75% of the year. Apologies to my long suffering girlfriend.
4. Thanks to the Breaking Bad movie I heard ‘Sharing The Night Together’ by Dr. Hook for the first time. That accounts for the other 25% of the mornings.
5. I actually love a walk.
Artist/Band to watch for 2021
2. Normal Average People
3. The Last Kobyashi
5. Suffer Like G Did
Plans for the New Year
Dropping our first album late Feb or early March. And to never think about 2020 again. It can well and truly do one. Thanks to everyone that took the time to listen to us this year. It truly is appreciated. And thanks to Circuit Sweet for the support. X
Thank you Niall and Mountain Bloom, we can’t wait to hear more from you!