TRACE MOUNTAINS – ” A Partner to Lean On “

Posted: June 9, 2020 in Classic Albums, MUSIC
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Trace Mountains is the lo-fi project of Dave Benton, who as one quarter of LVL UP and also co-founder of indie label Double Double Whammy. The band’s album, “A Partner to Lean On”, features plenty of Benton’s observational and self-deprecating lyrics—his outlook is sometimes bleak, but often humorous. While there are plenty of anticipated, precise rock riffs, there’s also the occasional messy, unhinged guitar (“Forgiveness”) and experimental flourishes of captivating, oddball synths (“Cary’s Dreams”). This album is spectacular from start to finish. One of the best of 2018 album release . I was taken by Cary’s Dream, which popped up in a playlist, and immediately listened the whole album, and I’m so impressed.


These songs make me think of a time when i thought I was going to move to a little shack in the woods by a lake. I had dreams of recording alone there but it never happened. when i listen to this album, though, sometimes it feel like it did. A Partner to Lean On is easily one of my top favourite albums of all time. I heard it for the first time about 5 months ago and have essentially had it on repeat ever since. I’ve been basically unable to listen to anything else.

Dave Benton (Voice, Guitar, Synthesizer)
Nick Corbo (Bass)
Susannah Cutler (Voice)
Jim Hill (Guitar, Synthesizer)
Kyle Seely (Drums)
Ben Smith (Voice)

Originally released March 30th, 2018

“A Partner to Lean On” by Trace Mountains

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