In September, we broke the news that North Carolina folk rockers Mount Moriah had signed to Merge Records. The label announced that they would release the band’s debut full-length in October, and then promised another full-length LP, their Merge debut, sometime early in 2013.
The band recently announced that the second album will be titled Miracle Temple, and is scheduled for a Feb. 26 release. With Merge’s backing, Miracle Temple will mark Mount Moriah’s most ambitious effort yet. The forthcoming record will “sport bigger arrangements, louder guitars, bolder vocals, and more soulful rhythms than their acclaimed self-titled debut,” according to the press release.
“I feel like there’s a lot of confrontation in this record that stems from the confidence we developed doing the first one by ourselves,” frontwoman Heather McEntire said.
“Things that were almost questions before are more like answers now,” adds guitarist Jenks Miller. “There was a timidity to Heather’s voice on the first record, singing in this naked way without distortion. Now, it’s commanding, which allows the arrangements to do more.”
The album was recorded in five days at Nashville’s Beech House and was produced by McEntire, Miller and Mark Nevers.