Uncle Mountain

Asheville, North Carolina

This North Carolina-based quintet is hard to describe with a quick and easy genre tag thanks to having three prominent songwriters that each craft songs in different styles and bring them to the others for expansion and tinkering. The three writers have been pals since middle school, working on four-track recordings and learning about music together, so the end result of these seeming disparate elements — everything from traditional Americana to modern Indie Pop — sounds rich, layered, lively and, most surprisingly, cohesive.

Dig It: A mix tape with Simon & Garfunkel, Elliott Smith, The Beach Boys, Ben Folds and old Folk field recordings. (MB)