Album Review: The Kissaway Trail - 'Sleep Mountain' (Bella Union)

The Danish outfit pull out all the stops for their latest record

Album Review: The Kissaway Trail - 'Sleep Mountain' (Bella Union)

8 / 10 Crikey. Grandiose church bells, ‘Keep The Car Running’-esque riffs, multi-part harmonies… and all in the first track? It’s clear from opener ‘SDP’ that Danish epic-popsters The Kissaway Trail ain’t doing it by halves second time around. But rather than ending up a bombastic mess, ‘Sleep Mountain’ knows that the devil is in the detail. ‘Friendly Fire’ gently woozes its way into slow-burning crescendo without ever sinking into excess, while the Flaming Lips-isms of ‘New Year’ revel in percussive flourishes and mammoth vocal scores, but with the knack of knowing just how far to push it. Centre it all around a heartbreaking cover of Neil Young’s ‘Philadelphia’ and the result is nothing short of stunning.

Lisa Wright

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