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Boomkat Product Review:
I’ve always had a soft spot for Hamburg-based band Mountaineer. Led by the silky vocal tones of Henning Wandhoff, ‘The Real McQueen’ again finds him accompanied by Alexander Rischer on guitar, Anna Berermann on vocals and Christian Ebert on omnichord. It’s unsurprisingly sunny stuff too, bringing together the crisp Latin-via-alt country haze of Calexico and the nostalgic glow of classic 70s exotica to create an album that unreservedly revels in the finer things in life. This might sound too positive for some of you cold, dark souls out there but ‘The Real McQueen’ isn’t sugary, rather Henning’s songs are simply summery and sun-drenched because they have to be, as it’s the only way they could exist. Just imagine reclining on a lounger, watching the orb hang low in the sky, orange light seeping into the deep red of your alcoholic drink du jour as scantily clad figures submerge themselves in chlorinated H2O. ‘The Real McQueen’ is the soundtrack to that, and Henning pulls it off with a whimsical charm so often missing from this kind of music. While Calexico and the rest of the alt-country set have sunk into some kind of permanent hiatus, Henning has kept the quality relentlessly high since his debut ‘Sunny Day’ appeared in 2003 and ‘The Real McQueen’ might be his finest to date. Anyone who enjoyed the underrated ‘When The Air Is Bright They Shine’ should grab this immediately.