We last heard from Mt. Doubt, the Edinburgh quintet led by Leo Bargery, with the October release of their latest EP, This Must Mean Something Awful. The band are about to head out on a UK tour across April and May, including a date we’re co-promoting at The Finsbury in London, and today we’re premiering their latest single, Unravelling.
Unravelling arguably marks the start of a new chapter for Mt. Doubt; the band working alongside Idlewild’s Rod Jones, who in their own words gave the band, “a fresh lease of life”. While one might expect Jones’ addition to add the driving guitar-sound of his other bands, here he seems to have harnessed Mt. Doubt’s melodic and intimate qualities. Vocals, shared between Leo and Annie Booth, intricately play off against one another, as the prominent rhythm sections are cut through with fluttering guitar lines and burning keys.
Lyrically, the track continues Leo’s subtle social-commentary, here rallying against the negative aspects of mobile phones, social media and the self-comparison they bring about, “screens like this won’t let us sleep, I’m caught up in the topography of other people’s faces”. Throughout, Leo seems to yearn for some sort of alternative to the modern buzz, seeking comfort and escapism in the simplicity of nature, as he feels himself unravelling at the seams. A fantastic return for a band quietly making a huge impact, Unravelling might just be Mt. Doubt’s most cohesive statement to date.
Unravelling is out March 29th via Scottish Fiction. Click HERE for more information on Mt. Doubt.
Thursday 4th April – The Cluny 2, Newcastle
Saturday 6th April – The Global Cafe, Reading
Monday 8th April – The Finsbury, London
Wednesday 10th April – Leith Theatre, Edinburgh
Friday 26th April – The Brig Below, Edinburgh
Saturday 27th April – The Hug & Pint, Glasgow
Thursday 2nd May – Roisin Dubh, Galway
Friday 24th May – The Tooth & Claw, Inverness
Friday 31st May – MacArts, Galashiels