His first record Gargantua was already a great effort. But Space Mountain is back with a proper debut record called Big Sky out via Super Fan 99 (UK) & Dust Etc. (US). So we caught up with Cole to find out more about the new album and ride the waves of the new Space Mountain...
What's been happening since we last spoke?
Livin’ life, working, reading, hiking… and recording another album!
Tell us a bit more about your new record Big Sky then. What does it mean to you?
It was directly inspired by what I was reading, listening to, and thinking about at the time. I started reading Proust while writing these songs and a lot of the thoughts in his writing resonated with me. Ideas about involuntary memory and the passage of time were big ones. I think I also included some “Proustian moments” in the songs. It’s not completely a conscious thing, but a lot of the ideas or questions raised in my songs tend to find resolution in nature or beauty somehow. Proust’s writing style definitely sent me further down that road a bit.
I was also listening to a lot more folk-oriented stuff while writing these songs, including some primitive guitar stuff like John Fahey. There’s more fingerpicking on this record…I’m trying to become a better guitar player (although I’ll never be as good as him). I think I’ll continue to write more folk-leaning songs.
A word on the single Never Lonely. Are you really fine on your own?
Aha, well I didn’t write the lyrics to that song; Ava did. I think so, though. I’m somewhat introverted, so I’m cool with some alone time.
"I think half the fun of music is interpreting the lyrics through your own lens...the meaning of any art for me is found in the connection between artist and listener, or writer and reader. It’s not a static thing"
You told us you don't like to over-explain your lyrics. Is that still the case?
Yeah, that’s still the case. I think half the fun of music is interpreting the lyrics through your own lens. There’s a certain mystery around a lot of great albums or songs that I wouldn’t want ruined. Honestly, I probably don’t remember the exact meaning of every bit of my own lyrics. The meaning of any art for me is found in the connection between artist and listener, or writer and reader. It’s not a static thing.
We like the cover by the way. What's the idea behind it?
The artwork is by Heather Goodwind from Portland, Oregon. She had actually already painted this piece some time ago and I had reached out to see if she’d be willing to have it on the cover. I’m not sure what her original inspiration behind the painting was, but it just kind of struck me as a cool, abstract representation of some of the sounds and feelings on the record.