East London has long been credited as the part of the city which serves up the best in vibrant, eclectic music. Oslo, Hackney echoes this modern idea and stands strongly at the helm, springboarding new artists to larger rooms and audiences in this fast-paced and evolving scene.
In the upstairs of this Nordic aesthetic redeveloped train station we stand amidst grand oak floors, blue lights and a smoke machines ready to hear the latest from Mt. Wolf’s equanimity to music.
Meadowlark take to the stage to introduce the night with a range of emotional, beat-heavy tracks, utilising a male/female duo fronting that leaves us reminiscent of MS MR. Their tracks are powerful and calculated, taking a few notes from CHVRCHES which are reflected in the crowd with dutiful foot-taps and head-nods.
The lights then grow dim and the newly consolidated 3 piece enter the stage like silhouettes. An ominous sound appearing from the eerie depths of the stage echoes through as the lights brighten and turn to face the band. The crowd grow silent and are instantly hypnotised as Mt. Wolf open with their recent release, Anacrusis.
The band holds the audience in a trance, which allows them to raise volumes to the loudest peaks and lower to single notes without any loss of admiration. There are times you could almost hear a pin drop before breaking in to a lucid, gargantuan noise that feels just as epic as it looks. Their sound truly exceeds their modest numbers.
Their style reflects that of a small circle of critically acclaimed musicians before them. Sigur Ros and Bon Iver remain synonymous with this style of music and would serve as a great benchmark for Mt. Wolf’s future. They make a sound that radiates confidence and a sincerity that juxtaposes their intimate and emotional presence.
Their polished sound is consistent across every instrument, finally landing on Sebastian Fox’s incredibly honed tenor vocals. As with Sigur Ros in songs such as Takk, he manages to build the room up with just his voice, which is then perfectly complemented by thumping and pulsing instruments.
There’s real emotion in every aspect of Mt Wolf’s presence. You don’t just listen, you ‘experience’. They guide you on a journey that not only expresses the emotion in their music, but also the care that goes into their songwriting. It’s an incredibly inclusive feeling, and this is as resonant in their recorded tracks as it is live.