OK so their record has been out for over a year, but this harmony vocal trio have been gaining exposure recently as backing singers for Feist on her current tour. Actually the term 'backing singers' seems a little inappropriate given that Mountain Man are a legitimate act in their own right. I was lucky enough to see them peform with Feist at the Palladium last month and was hugely impressed, particularly when we were treated to a jaunty a cappella piece from the three girls. Their harmonies were close and intricate, and quite like any other vocal work I have ever heard before. If normal three-part harmony is three people singing together, then Mountain Man are like a single entity with three voices. The effect is often ethereal and eerie, as you can hear in the track below. The juxtaposition of unison and harmony vocals is inspired, and I like the way that some of the harmonies come quite close to being discordant at times, but never actually quite get there. It creates a subtle tension in the music; a sort of aching uncertainty. Their record is titled 'Made The Harbor' and is available through Bella Union.