Mt Doubt are an Edinburgh-based quintet that have mushroomed from the original one-man line-up of Leo Bargery, who since launching under the Mt Doubt monicker in early 2015 has issued a brace of albums alongside a handful of singles and EPs.
Such industry would be merely laudable were it not for the quality of output, which on the bulk of this latest EP shows Mt Doubt are on a similar page to Sparklehorse. To the fore in the elegantly messy and layered soundscape – Caledonian pop with a good slug of guitar, in short – is Bargery’s muggy baritone, a chocolate mousse of a voice that sets his band apart from their peers.
On Teeming Mt Doubt take the bones of a standard King Creosote-style anthem into a side room inhabited by a glam rock outfit with synthpop sympathies and crown it with a mighty coda, exhibiting a knack for melody that also gilds the wide-eyed pop of Conduits. Mouthwash, meanwhile, brings power-pop into the 21st century before decelerating into a chorus Mark Linkous would have been proud of. After setting such a high bar Moon Landings loses its way but it’s forgivable in light of what’s come before.
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