One of the most talked about bands of 2012 and CLASH magazine’s ‘One’s To Watch 2013’, Mt. Wolf shot to critical acclaim after the release of their debut EP ‘Life Size Ghosts’ last October. Despite only forming in 2012 the South London four-piece have incredibly already sold-out headline shows at Union Chapel, XOYO and Corsica Studios as well as playing London’s KOKO in May 2013.
Their sound has been described as ‘dreamfolk,’ a cinematic fusion of both folk and electronica, mixing a unique hybrid of strings and instrumentation with heart-melting harmonies and contemporary electronic and bass influenced sounds. Drawing on influences like The XX, Little Dragon, SBTRKT, Bon Iver and Youth Lagoon, Mt. Wolf’s sound is cinematic, ethereal and thoroughly modern.
The band’s first EP ‘Life Size Ghosts’ was a great success in the UK and further afield when it was released last October, including heavy support from MTV, Clash, XFM and iTunes. Lead single ‘Life Size Ghosts’ reached number 6 on Hype Machine and received 50,000 plays in its first few weeks of being posted on Soundcloud. Alongside this the Catching Flies remix was a runaway success, securing the top spot on Hype Machine and racking up 200,000 views on YouTube.
Mt. Wolf’s eagerly anticipated follow up EP ‘Hypolight’ (released in Spring 2013) continued where their gripping debut effort – ‘Life Size Ghosts’ began; full of dreamy and emotive electronic landscapes. However the second EP revealed the sound of a band truly coming into their own, a confident and promising step forward. Lead single ‘Hypolight’ caused a frenzy amongst the blogosphere, whilst second track ‘Veins’ from the EP reached number 7 on Hype Machine and received 70,000 plays in its first week on Soundcloud. The EP is sonically beautiful from beginning to end and illuminates the London newcomer’s ability to match an astute grasp of aesthetics with a deep sense of emotion. The band are currently working towards a third EP due to be released in the autumn of this year.
Lead vocalist and lyricist Kate Sproule’s breath-taking voice, which has already been compared to the likes of Bjork, Elizabeth Fraser and Florence Welch (Florence and The Machine) evokes a sense of paralyzing beauty in the music, sitting perfectly amongst producer Sebastian Fox’s sparse cinematic electronic tapestry. Stevie McMinn’s acoustic guitar composition, creates the emotional backbone of the tracks while, Alex Mitchell’s percussion touches add a greater depth that leave a tantalising taste of what’s to come for a full-length album.