The intro teeters between lonesome purrs and teakettle whistles, and then a cluster of harmonies swoops in to detonate in an unshakeable, cathartic hook. Eerie reverb wraps Upson's vocals, and thumping tribal drums anchor it to the bridge. A Peruvian-American with roots in California, Upson has some training as a pianist, but it doesn't necessarily show in her emotive lyrics and sultry arrangements—and the remainder of the three-song EP moves between wheezing synths and gratuitous overdubs. Violetness hasn't amassed an expansive catalog yet, but her music has a vastness to it already—and the melancholic decadence of "The Mighty Moss" bodes well for whatever comes next.
Mounds turns out to be a difficult band to google, not least because of all the actual mounds in Michigan. (I also learned that the University of Minnesota marching band has used a formation called "The Mound of Sound.") But with a little effort I found a Bandcamp page with what seem to be two demo songs. "Narrative synth prog" turns out to be pretty accurate—"New Bridge" sounds a little like some guys trying to soundtrack their D&D game, and I mean that in the nicest way possible.
The track is after the jump. And while you're here, have you read the Artist on Artist interview my buddy Seth Sher from Zath and Psychic Steel did with Brian Chippendale of Black Pus?