MT FOG unveils ‘Spells Of Silence’: a fascinating collection of ‘haunted house songs’

"I was reading House of Leaves and Shirley Jackson and Edgar Allen Poe last summer and fall. I find some psychic release from reading horror fiction."
18 October 2022

Mt Fog‘s magical sonic journey is full of stories about introspection and sadness that are told from a fantastical and, at times, joyful perspective. Her new album, Spells of Silence, is a collection of compelling songs that combine haunting soundscapes and synth sounds. Pure avant-garde dark pop, drenched in Goth pulses.

Mt. Fog’s voice is often in the forefront of his tracks, but it really shines on songs such as Behind a Silent Door – beautifully inspired by gothic literature from authors like Edgar Allen Poe and Shirley Jackson.

Read our exclusive interview with Mt Fog below.

Bjork just released an album. I would love to open her show!

“Spells of Silence’ is a fascinating collection of “haunted house songs”. What is the relationship of Gothic literature and horror fiction in your music?

I was reading House of Leaves and Shirley Jackson and Edgar Allen Poe last summer and fall. I find some psychic release from reading horror fiction. The world is horrific and it has always been horrific. I find the way that Gothic horror relates to understanding the world very useful. It wormed its way into my brain.

Which classic film do you see ‘Spells of Silence’ as the motion soundtrack for? And Why?

Rebecca, the Daphne du Maurier story directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It’s about a house on a hill near the sea and a haunting.

We love your track ‘Behind a Silent Door’, can you elaborate on the meaning behind that song?

It’s about wanting to disappear while feeling like the world wants you to disappear. It’s about closing the door behind you, making the room is silent, and realizing while it’s scary to be alone in the dark there’s also that leap of joy into the unknown that can be very liberating.

What has been your creative process for ‘Behind a Silent Door’?

Essentially I had this idea of a horror-infused song that was also fun. I like exploring the boundary lands between opposing views. The chorus emerged first based on these lyrics of “Throw away the key,” and I just sort of discovered the rest of the song from there.

With vinyl and cassettes becoming more and more popular, I’m wondering if your decision to release music in these formats is an effort to reach a wider audience.

I personally love vinyl and tapes because of how the memories and experiences of listening are embedded into them as they age. I love the tactile nature of physical formats and the intention of listening that they inspire. So it was more the opportunity to work with Ghost Mountain Records emerged and I jumped at it because I love these formats so much.

What changes would you like to see happen in the music industry?

It would be nice to see more people see music as a form of community building and expression rather than as something to consume. I see a lot of this community and expression happening in the Pacific Northwest music scene and that’s really exciting!

Who would you most like to collaborate with?

I would love to collaborate with instrumentalists who specialize in performing ancient instruments to create an album of acoustic, medieval-inspired songs.

If you could open a show for any artist who would it be?

Bjork just released an album. I would love to open her show!

What’s next for you?

Creating more music, performing my songs from Spells of Silence, meeting more musicians and connecting through music with more lovely humans

Mt Fog wrote, performed, and produced Spells of Silence. Additional recording was performed with Johnny Goss. The songs were mastered by Adam Straney (Breakpoint Mastering). The album artwork is by Veta Bakhtina. The stunning vinyl layout is by Clay Conder and the vinyl and cassette were released on Ghost Mountain Records.

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