8/10 Clinton Staff review, 16 August 2013
Wow. This is lovely. “You haven’t heard Mountains???????????” Screamed Ian at me in horror. Nope. Never heard them before (although officially I have because our website says I reviewed a record by them in 2011). But this is something else entirely and is utterly gorgeous. Its a re-issue of their first album which has long been out of print and opens with a lovely sunny piece of guitar led ambience. The guitars have been processed and play out two beautiful chords which little bits of electronics jitter along under the mix.
Its hard to come up with an easy comparison as a lot of ambient music can be dark and introverted, yet this is sunny and spring -like. Its watery textures are reminiscent a more organic take of Fennesz ‘Endless Summer’ opus, the plaintive pastoral guitars more aligned to the beautiful Phelan Shephard album of a few years ago which, it seems I’ll never stop going on about. I’m utterly transfixed by this, it ebbs and flows and creates just the right atmosphere. The B side.
is darker with a more fuzzed out piece before a glorious piece of treated guitar with underlying cellos. Its just on the right side of a lot of that ‘playing in a church to a small but appreciative audience’ type stuff and I’m less keen on the heavily reverbed effects which wash in on the final track but still, this could be compared favourably to Stars of The Lid, La Bradford et al but theres something warm and life affirming about it.
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