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On May 5, Distant Mountains will drop their first EP, A Small Few. It’s a promising start for the San Francisco-based band, inhabiting a space between atmospheric ambience and pop compositions. Heavy on synth and reverb, A Small Few is alternately pounding and drum-driven, as on “Full Turn,” and restrained, laden with retro tones — EP closer “Company Farm” plays like a slowed-down Tears for Fears anthem. The solid drumming is no surprise given that Jason Slota of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down was behind the kit.

Paul McCorkle, Scott Lord, and Rob Shelton (of Meernaa) rounded out the lineup for the recording. The EP was live-tracked at John Vanderslice’s studio Tiny Telephone, a Bay Area staple for bands seeking lush and organic sounds, which Distant Mountains have in spades. Their first two singles, “Liquid Doubt” and “Get Your Fair Share,” attracted a bit of attention, and A Small Few will serve as a solid start to their future career.

Distant Mountains will self-release A Small Few on May 5.