Released on November 30, ‘Write A Book’ by Brooklyn-based Mount Hudson starts out with a real folky Woody Guthrie/Bob Dylan feel before breaking out into full on a country music sound.
An indie music project which finds its roots in the acoustic traditions of American folk, while at the same time harnessing the distinct sounds of modern pop, Mount Hudson is the brainchild of David Yim.
Yim started out as a drummer, who started playing music in his angsty teens, and once he reached highschool moved from a hardcore sound to jazz fusion. He attended film school at NYU, and with the help of the guitar given to him by his Mom before he left his Massachusetts home, began writing songs in his dorm room. During this time Yim experimented with different sounds, including heavily autotuned Postal-Service-esque productions, to singing in a bluesy bar-rock band.
All this eventually led him to folk, and with the simple chords and soft melodies he found his voice. In 2016 he released his debut Mount Hudson EP, the four-track ‘Sad And Silly’, but after working with friends in Manhattan and The Catskills, Yim decided to go back to music he’d demo’d years earlier, and reworked them. The guitar-led (with added fiddle and drums) ‘Write A Book’, released November 30, is the first of these; produced and engineered by Aaron Bastinelli, it’s an anthem which deserves to be set right up there with Guthrie’s ‘This Land Is Your Land’; in many respects it could be a modern-day version of it. Even though it’s essentially a love song, its anthemic sound is nonetheless worthy of the Great American Songbook, as it documents Yim’s journey from Massachusetts across to Brooklyn, taking in a variety of other locations along the way. There’s everything in this song: train journeys, views of the great wide open spaces that are so prevalent in the US; it all adds up to an instant classic.