Jonathan Phillips is a New Zealand based musician known for his solo career under the moniker Mount Pleasant. As a solo musician, Phillips has released six LPs along with several singles and EPs. Mount Pleasant is the suburb in Christchurch, New Zealand where Phillips was bought up, and began recording music with his sister from a young age. He had access to a cassette recorder, which he used to layer guitar and his own voice. Such recordings are used as source material and as textures in many of Phillips' songs.
There have been six full-length releases by Phillips as Mount Pleasant: Claw Friends and Horseshoe Lake in 2008, Rio Joy in 2009, The Flood in 2010, and The Cold War and The Aztecs in 2011. The lyrics are often autobiographical in nature, introspective and mixed quietly.