Thursday, January 7, 2010


MOUNTAINS Get Ready For Their 2010 WINTER TOUR!

Early in 2009, Mountains released the critically acclaimed "Choral", their first album for Thrill Jockey Records and by the end of the year, they had released "Etching", a live document they recorded for and sold on their 2009 tour. Both releases were eagerly snapped up and "Etching", repressed by Thrill Jockey because the original CD version was sold out, quickly became an out of print collector's item as well. "Choral" also popped up on several year-end lists, including those of the Los Angeles Times and UNCUT. The new year is upon us and Mountains is getting ready to bring their uniquely transcendent live show to the East Coast and Midwest. See below for details!


Jan 27 Buffalo, NY Soundlab w/Tape
Jan 28 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle w/Tape
Jan 29 Omaha, NE Bemis Center for the Contemporary Arts w/Tape
Jan 30 Northfield, MN The Cave @ Carleton College w/Tape
Jan 31 Madison, WI The Project Lodge w/Tape
Feb 1 Iowa City, IA The Picador w/Tape
Feb 3 Louisville, KY Skull Alley w/Tape
Feb 4 Lexington, KY Al's Bar w/Tape
Feb 5 Knoxville, TN The Pilot Light w/Tape
Feb 6 Chapel Hill, NC Nightlight w/Tape
Feb 8 Washington, DC Bossa w/Tape
Feb 9 Philadelphia, PA The Chapel @ First Unitarian w/Tape
Feb 10 New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge w/Tape, Radian, Tim Hecker
Feb 11 Boston, MA TBA


Mountains is Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp, friends since their middle school days. The duo were brought together by mutual artistic and musical interests, and both ended up at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It was during this time that they began exchanging musical ideas and compositions which led to them founding the Apestaartje label in 1999. As their collaborations and individual projects blossomed, they decided to create Mountains as a vehicle for live performance.

A love of sculpting sound in front of an audience is at the heart of Mountains. The group's third album, Choral, (their first self-titled release and second album Sewn were both on Apestaartje), is the culmination of their work to date and a balanced mix of the first two efforts. Mountains is often compared to artists such as Brian Eno and Fennesz citing their extended melodies and their unique broad guitar work. Mountains seamlessly blend pastoral electronic sounds with both field recordings and a plethora of acoustic instruments. The resulting soundscapes are broad in scope and rich in detail. The effect is incredibly sublime and hypnotic as the sounds slowly wrap themselves around each other and alter themselves in the mind of the listener. Choral is a uniquely soothing and addicting listening experience and an aural crazy quilt: warm and inviting with many details to discover and explore.
Recorded by the duo entirely in the winter and spring of 2008 at home in Brooklyn, Choral is largely live and performed in real time, with only a few overdubs to create a more "choral" effect. The opening title-track carries the weight of a full orchestra gradually drawing their bows across a field of strings. The subtle undulations produce a warm blank canvas and create an impending sense of what's to come. As the percolating electronic melodies creep into the track, they're soon joined by field recordings, organ, electric piano, synthesizer, accordion and then later by the gentle strum of a guitar. This densely layered and textured song contains over 30 tracks of material. On the quiet and more guitar oriented "Map Table", the band 'play' ice water and books by recording the sounds of them flipping through the pages. The calming "Telescope" actually features the sound of an intense thunderstorm recorded in the desert in Arizona. Guiding us through sonic peaks and valleys, the band takes us on a journey through their realm of experimentation, occasionally crossing over into psychedelic and kosmiche (Harmonia, Cluster, Popol Vuh) territory. Choral is the sound of an adventuresome duo, who is equally invested in melody and discovery.

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