For the past decade and in one way or another, Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp have been behind some of the most profound recordings of modern kosmiche music. At the helm of the Apestaartje imprint, the duo facilitated expansive and mesmerizing sets of tonal beauty by artists all over the world. In their respective solo releases, Anderegg (sometimes as Charter Oak) and Holtkamp (sometimes as Aero and A Silent Partner) create pristine tones and drones that speak to each musician's unique personality. Together as Mountains, the pair charter entirely new paths of organic experimentalism that feel wholly complete, and wholly consuming.
Following an exquisite run of LPs for Thrill Jockey, Catsup Plate, and Apestaartje, Mountains now return with the 11th installment in the You Can't Hide Your Love Forever 7" series, a two-track EP that goes as deep inwardly as it does outwardly. Incorporating bits and pieces from the ephemeral ethers the duo has mined since its inception, traversing the astral plane with a bevy of modular synthesizers, effects processors, and acoustic accoutrements. Aptly titled "Parallel One" and "Parallel Two," the two sides feed into one another in a Möbius strip of chorded ecstasy.
North-side's "Parallel One" opens in a pleasant onslaught of layered clatter, directing attention to miniature symphonies that play out in the foreground and way off in the distance. Melodies fall from cliffs high above in a harrowing descent into oblivion, as counter-melodies ripple from said melodies' demise in a hopeful ascent into space. South-side's "Parallel Two" foils and compliments "Parallel One" by repurposing its fragments into more ambient realms, humming along in tectonic shifts of tonal color and eventually dissolving back into "Parallel One."
It's an addicting aural anagram that seeps into all things.
released March 5, 2015
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