The Legend of Big Bend

Fall Platters

Montopolis' stirring The Legend of Big Bend is original music that stands alone, while remaining part of a broader visual project wherein filmmaker David Barrow shot hours of footage with Big Bend as his subject, documenting its details and telling its secrets in a ruggedly sumptuous time-lapse video. Bandleader Justin Sherburn and visual artist Emily Lofaro captured interviews with artists, historians, scientists, and tour guides, which explains the album's grounded quality. As a cinematic ode to Texas' southwestern high desert, this farsighted project still maintains bits of the Morricone effect, more hero overlooking scenic bluffs than ominousness. Fantastic sounds lead the album with "Terlingua," where the swirls become almost Far Eastern. However, Sherburn and company have reintroduced a more substantial indie rock tack ("Westward Bound," "Marathon"). The album's most significant feature is its anti-solipsistic view. There's more than enough desert to solicit and extract a bounty of viewpoints on its expanse.


A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More Montopolis
Texas Platters
Music for Enchanted Rock (Record Review)

Kahron Spearman, Feb. 2, 2018

Over Troubled Waters
Over Troubled Waters
Eastside bridge destroyed after Memorial Day floods

Michael King, June 12, 2015

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
... And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
X: The Godless Void and Other Stories (Record Review)

Alejandra Ramirez, Feb. 21, 2020

Texas Platters
Daniel Johnston
Chicago 2017 (Record Review)

Raoul Hernandez, Feb. 21, 2020

More by Kahron Spearman
Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Mikaela Davis, Knocked Loose, Curtis McMurtry, Questlove, and more recommended shows

April 15, 2022

Review: Fennec
Review: Fennec
a couple of good days

April 1, 2022



One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle