Mountain Breathers 

Keep Me in the Canyon EP

A friend of mine made 30 bucks playing guitar on the street the other day. Granted, 20 of that came from a nice old lady who espied him digging through a trash can for lunch. It wasn't the usual trashy street music you gave 50 cents to last summer. He plays something more like the Mountain Breathers: deliberate and slow, light and heartfelt.

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Missoula's folk duo channels airy guitars and lofty voices here on their first release. From the start, you might say to yourself, "Oh, this is a nice Jack Johnson album I haven't heard before." It's full of those familiar hoo-ooh-ooh choruses and acoustic solos. While it isn't a carbon copy of that radio-friendly sound, Chase McBride doesn't stray far from finely tuned harmonies and simple songwriting. The occasional cello is a solid difference and is an excellent choice for the low-end. Cellos always have that dramatic, let's-take-a-drive feel, which works on "Theresa" when they sing "You've got the prettiest face / Put me, put me in your suitcase."

It's hard to resist Mountain Breather's style. It's like the missing part of the Garden State soundtrack: good music for watching rain drip down window panes (take that, Colin Hay).

Mountain Breathers play Draught Works Sunday, July 15, at 4 PM. Free.

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