Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota, Santa Cruz, California, Brooklyn, New York Most Recent Release: Made the Harbor Sounds Like: A dreamcatcher hanging on a porch.
When the Appalachian harmonies of folk trio Mountain Man first hit back in 2009, the music industry was just as rocked as a buffalo herd overrun by a hunter. The insanely harmonic, sugar-spun voices of Molly Erin Sarle, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig and Amelia Randall Meath dip and wheel in whorls around each other and the melody of the song with uncanny precision. The three met while attending Bennington College in Vermont, and were quickly signed to Partisan records, who released their debut and only full-length album Made the Harbor in 2010. The girls toured with Feist in 2011, an opportunity that led to a lot of exposure for the trio, but 2013 will undoubtedly be an important year for the folk musicians. At least I hope it will be—I've listened to "Mouthwings" so many times that it neither speaks nor flies like it used to (below).