Instrumental post-rock band from the Pacific Northwest
Virga (EP), April 2021
Like falling rain that evaporates before reaching its terrestrial destination, expectations of living a normal life vanished into thin air in early 2020. Forced to adapt to the changing winds, The Mighty Missoula produced their latest EP in home studios using remote recording capabilities. Virga, a term for the aforementioned evaporating rain, offers a meditative experience for listeners and represents the band’s first entirely atmospheric contribution to a quickly growing catalog.
Portland’s The Mighty Missoula returns with a robust collection of instrumental explorations. A good soundtrack for those gloomy weather days in the Northwest, Remnants swings between atmospheric calmness and temperamental crescendos while containing pockets of positive energy without being overly dark.
Like their namesake, which triggered the cataclysmic flooding of the Pacific Northwest, the music of The Mighty Missoula sways between atmospheric calmness and temperamental crescendos. They accomplish this while containing pockets of positive energy without being overly dark.
"One of the things that brought us all to the Pacific Northwest is our love for the outdoors, which has been an underlying theme in our music," they explain. This is best portrayed in the sophomore release, Remnants (2020), in which they tied their anxiety surrounding the state of climate change.
While social distancing during the pandemic, The Mighty Missoula produced their latest album in home studios using remote recording capabilities. Virga (2021), a term for evaporating rain, offers a meditative experience for listeners and represents the band's first entirely atmospheric contribution to their growing catalog.
The instrumental band has had multiple tracks listed in the best of playlists on Spotify, including Fixed Point Music's Best Post-Rock of 2020 and 2021. Their song, Regression, from their debut album Au Nord (2017), was featured in A Thousand Arms Music's compilation, Open Language: Volume II.
Founded in 2015, the Portland, Oregon-based band cites influences such as Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mono, Jakob, This Will Destroy You, Red Sparowes, Hammock, Nils Frahm, and Robin Guthrie.