For those of you who remember our Branches post, here is a bit of solo work from one of their members, Jacob Montague. His music is like Branches in that it has a very organic folky feel, though it isn’t like Branches in that it is all instrumental. If you absolutely love listening to music while you study but find lyrics too distracting, then Montague’s music is for you.
Above is his latest album, Tiger and Traveller, which is a great record. It features the same folky and reverberant sound that we’ve grown to love with a more emotional and raw sound, partly due to the lack of vocals. It feels as if you’re going on a journey rather than hearing about one. What’s also awesome with this album is the range of instruments used. Expect guitar, xylophone, striking piano, banjo and violins among many others to produce an amazingly coherent sound. Far from overbearing, these instruments work together in beautiful balance to produce both epic and gentle flavors.
According to Montague, the album is split into three parts. The first six tracks act as the heart of the album based on a short story he and his sister wrote. The 7th and 8th tracks are the result of more fast-paced and intensive recording, bringing a lot of emotional weight to the table. The end of the album is the score to the film “Moriah,” which Montague composed the music for.
The first three tracks to Tiger and Traveller are available for FREE over here.