Misty Mtn’s stunning new synth-pop single “These Lights” tells a story of returning home to the town or city you once knew and feeling the weight of your past. The track is all too relatable for those returning home for the holidays after a chaotic year, reminiscing on childhood memories and realizing things just aren’t the same.
Today, COLLiDE has the unique opportunity to share a Montana travel guide made by Misty Mtn — coinciding with the theme of their new track. Check out the travel guide below!
Montana really is the last best place.
(but maybe don’t come here just yet)
“I’m in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it.”
― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America
When the first snow hit Missoula, Montana which was probably late September/Early October we knew we had to write a holiday song. The magic that we were feeling plus all of the emotions that came with helping my parents pack up my childhood home just felt like they were pushing us towards a song about nostalgia, about pain, about love… about the holidays. That’s the biggest thing we want people to take away from this song, the holidays don’t always have to be happy, and that’s totally okay. The other thing we want people to take away, that to be honest they won’t even hear, is how inspiring and magical Missoula, Montana really is. So we thought we’d share some of our favorite spots!
Shopping: The General Public
A store owned and operated by our wonderful friend, Allison Reaves. She focuses on showcasing unique clothing, accessories, etc from ethical designers as well as showcasing her own designs. Truly this store is out of your wildest dreams, and has been such a great place to get inspired with our looks.
A photoshoot we did for The General Public in the time before covid.
Photos by Tessla Hastings.
Coffee: Drum Coffee
Prior to COVID you would go into Drum and feel a sense of calm and cool. They always had a record playing and they always had the record displayed so you knew exactly what you were listening to, not gonna lie it made us want to press some vinyl and just drop it off with a little note saying “plz play this”. But the best part of Drum, is that during this time of COVID where you can only order at a small pickup window at one location or drive through at another location, it still has that feeling of calm and cool, something that we crave during such an uncertain time. Drum was actually started by John Wicks, a drummer and founding member of Fitz and the Tantrums and his wife, something that makes us want to support it even more and ask him if he wants to be our Missoula mentor. But first, coffee.
The storefront on a summer day earlier this year.
Nature: The Rattlesnake National Forest
Let’s be real… there’s nature everywhere and the further you drive the better it gets. You won’t go wrong anywhere, but when we’re having intense studio days and have a lot to get done and just need a quick nature fix, the rattlesnake national forest is the way to go. It’s inspiring, it gets your blood pumping, it has lots of little pathways that lead to the river, to magical bridges, to trees on trees on trees, it has it all and is just 10 minutes out from the main drag.
On our daily nature walk.
Drinks: Western Cider
Once upon a time Angry Orchard was a drink that I tried and said… nah, ciders not my thing. I wonder if some of you have ever had that experience? Well, once you try Western Cider, it will be your thing. The ciders are made from apples from their own orchard as well as other orchards in the Northwest, the different varieties are there to please the most discerning of palates, and the aesthetics? Hoping that living in Missoula, will get the designer to do all our branding because it’s exceptional.
Western Cider storefront.
Now this Missoula travel guide is truly just the tip of the iceberg. When we say the nature is endless, when we say the coffee is endless, when we say the curated shopping is endless, and when we say the cool booze is endless, we’re not lying. But that would take another 10 travel guides, so maybe we’ll talk again soon. Follow us @mistymtnmusic for more Missoula content, and for more music of course.
Check out the music video for “These Lights” below!