Baltimore is a law unto itself.
Sitting outside the usual New York / Los Angeles axis of cool, the city's music scene has quietly, confidently gone about its business un-noticed by large sections of the press.
Yet scratch the surface and you'll find one of the most fascinating pools of talent in North America. Mt. Royal, then, might well be newcomers but to fans in Baltimore the musicians involved already have lengthy, respected careers.
Kicked off as an instrumental project, Mt. Royal asked Katrina Ford to supply vocals for two tracks. The results were so striking, so beguiling that the band immediately asked Ford to become a full time member as sessions on their debut EP commenced.
Self-titled, Mt. Royal's new release is industrial pop music, artfully produced synth melodies mingling with out-there production. Containing six tracks, there's a darkness to the band's music which fuels Katrina Ford's vocals as she intones those subtle, often quite poetic lyrics.
Clash is able to premiere Mt. Royal's new EP - check it out below.
'Mt. Royal' is set to be released on January 27th via Bella Union.