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Choral [CD]

Mountains Audio CD
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Mountains’ music is defined by slow builds, and subtle transformations, textures and melodic lines that evolve in a variety of ways to create grand soundscapes and acutely detailed compositions. For Centralia, the duo of Koen Holtkamp and Brendon Anderegg wrote and recorded in a way that mirrors the pace of their music. While the current trend in experimental music is towards ... Read more in Amazon's Mountains Store

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  • Audio CD (16 Feb 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Thrill Jockey
  • ASIN: B001LRI7TW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,214 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Choral
2. Map Table
3. Telescope
4. Add Infinity
5. Melodica
6. Sheets Two

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Revealing a finely attuned sense of proportion and balance, the six pieces which make up the album never fall short of their initial promise.

There's also several surprisingly dramatic moments such as on the eight minute Telescope, in which cascading down-strummed acoustic guitar are gradually absorbed into the white-noise sheets of sound of an Arizona rain storm.

The fact that they are willing to go beyond the usual suspects such as Eno-spawned noodlings, naive melodies frosted in reverb or the Kosmiche rent-a-mope settings that populate so much contemporary electronica, gives Choral a distinctive edge.

Not just another blank-faced drone-clone outfit, Mountains' music has real depth and personality. This comes from their readiness to bring a human dimension to what they do rather than let the machines have all the fun. --Sid Smith

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4.0 out of 5 stars Challenging but beautific. 23 Feb 2009
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who shares my love for ambient music will find much to enjoy with the third album from Chicago duo Mountains . Okay so the cover looks like sample from a seventies wallpaper book but the music is sort of timeless.
Mountains is Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp, friends since their school days. The duo bonded over their mutual artistic and musical interests, and both ended up at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. There they began exchanging musical ideas and songs , if you can call them that, which led to them founding the Apestaartje label in 1999. As their collaborations and individual projects flourished they decided to create Mountains as a vehicle for live performance.
Recorded by the duo January to April 2008 at home in Brooklyn, Choral is mostly live and performed in real time, with very few overdubs needed to create the titular "choral" effect. Using acoustic and electric guitars, harmonica, melodica, cello, keyboards, electric piano, accordion, organ and various field recordings and "Other objects" the duo fashion music that may be too frugal for some tastes with some of the compositions barely raising above a tone shifting murmur but there is something warm and soothing about every track on Choral and there are many veiled details to discover.
The lovely guitar strums on "Map Table" are augmented by the band `playing' ice water and books by recording the sounds of them flipping through the pages. The title track is redolent of the great Popol Vuh in the way the layers of detail are subtly gradated into the mix. "Telescope" has surprisingly jaunty strummed guitar , increasingly atonal electronic swathe's and the sound of a thunderstorm recorded in Arizona .
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4.0 out of 5 stars invigorating soundscapes 10 Feb 2012
By Micky67
Format:Audio CD
You can't really have a best of 2009 without `Choral'. The hype surrounding this record was horribly off-putting, but the seductive shimmering acoustics and invigorating, glacial droning ambience was anything but.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 4 Oct 2009
By Ferris Millbrae - Published on Amazon.com
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There are only 6 tracks on this album, but its plenty of music.

Mountains - 'Choral' is ambient/instrumental, but it is unusual because it is a very warm album. Its primarily acoustic, and unlike most ambient albums it doesn't sound lonely and distant. It reminds me of childhood and the simple fascination that accompanies it. The album is not stressed, and is content to meander through various soundscapes and touch upon different emotional resonances.

I like all of the songs about equally, but 'Telescope' is the one that I really made a connection with.

Technically, the genre is ambient, but this album should be placed somewhere near Animal Collective, and the other related artists that don't have a set system/agenda. I wish somebody would come up with a name for this type of music as Indie isn't a very descriptive or discerning adjective

....Have fun blissing out....

If you're looking for some cold, emotionally distant ambient, check out Harmony in Ultraviolet or Glider (I've had 'Glider' for 2 weeks, and I highly recommend it if you're into that stuff)
5.0 out of 5 stars good stuff 28 Jun 2014
By Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
really enjoy this, glad to have found it on youtube. definitely going to check if there are more good bands on the label.
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