• Tue. Apr 23rd, 2024

Mike Tramp single “High Like a Mountain” now available for streaming!

"High Like a Mountain" is the latest online single release from former White Lion vocalist Mike Tramp. It was released in July of 2015.
"High Like a Mountain" is the latest online single release from former White Lion vocalist Mike Tramp. It was released in July of 2015.
“High Like a Mountain” is the latest online single release from former White Lion vocalist Mike Tramp. It was released in July of 2015.

 

 

Mike Tramp is one of the rock world’s most underrated vocalists. Although he will forever be known as the vocalist of classic 80s rockers White Lion, he has had a long and fulfilling musical career, which dates back into the 1970s in his native Denmark. Following the collapse of White Lion’s classic lineup, he embarked upon a solo career, exploring more mature and experimental musical avenues. To date he has recorded several solo records. While not on the same popularity level of White Lion in their heyday, Mr. Tramp has kept busy and continues to tour and record.

Late August 2015 will see the release of Nomad, Tramp’s latest solo album. In anticipation of its release, Tramp has released the advance online single, “High Like a Mountain,” available for streaming on most major Internet music outlets. This fan of Tramp has now had a chance to listen to the single. Naturally, fans are curious to see how it holds up, with anticipation for the album’s release at the end of August.

So, what kind of a song is “High Like a Mountain,” and how does it hold up? That depends. If you are looking for “the new White Lion song” you are going to be disappointed; this is not it. But if you are a fan of classic-style rock-pop music and a respect for Tramp’s ability to tell a musical story, you may find yourself pleasantly surprised by the end result. This fan can say, with all sincerity, if this song speaks for the entire Nomad album, we may have one of the surprise records of 2015 on our hands when it hits stores next month.

 

The track will appear on Nomad, Tramp's forthcoming studio album, slated for release in late August 2015.
The track will appear on Nomad, Tramp’s forthcoming album, slated for release in late August 2015.

 

“High Like a Mountain” is very much a classic rock-pop style song with some slight country elements thrown in; the track is definitely reminiscent of classic Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen in a lot of ways. The song is driven by a mixture of acoustic and electric guitars. Not straight-up rock nor a ballad; the song walks a fine line between the two, and is surprisingly effective, fusing powerful lyrics and storytelling. A few moments here are slightly over the top (you will know them when you hear them) but that does not prevent this fan’s enjoyment of the track.

Some artists spend their entire career releasing the same album over and over again, under countless different names and albums. Mike Tramp is the opposite; something this fan admires him for all the more. Melodic rock, alternative-style rock, hard rock, acoustic stuff; there really is nothing this man cannot do, and it is a shame that the majority of people will forever know him as “that guy from White Lion.” “High Like a Mountain” is a powerful classic rock-style track that beautifully shows off his musical abilities. Give this one a listen while you are waiting for Nomad’s CD release in August!

 

 

By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

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