7 Songs, 1 Hour, 6 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Running nearly 70 minutes, Centralia is a sprawling and hypnotic journey. The duo of Koen Holtkamp and Brendon Anderegg creates a plaintive and moving work from disparate parts woven together with great care. Understated and contemplative, Centralia is a celebration of subtle interactions. The interplay between synth drones and hypnotic acoustic guitar and piano melodies blurs the line between organic and electronic. On first listen, the music seems to rarely waver. Yet subsequent listens reveal many unexpected and startling moments, such as the cello passage near the end of “Sand” and the gentle warble that rises to the surface midway through the 20-minute centerpiece “Propeller.” Centralia is a captivating tour de force that stretches the boundaries of ambient music.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Running nearly 70 minutes, Centralia is a sprawling and hypnotic journey. The duo of Koen Holtkamp and Brendon Anderegg creates a plaintive and moving work from disparate parts woven together with great care. Understated and contemplative, Centralia is a celebration of subtle interactions. The interplay between synth drones and hypnotic acoustic guitar and piano melodies blurs the line between organic and electronic. On first listen, the music seems to rarely waver. Yet subsequent listens reveal many unexpected and startling moments, such as the cello passage near the end of “Sand” and the gentle warble that rises to the surface midway through the 20-minute centerpiece “Propeller.” Centralia is a captivating tour de force that stretches the boundaries of ambient music.

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20:28
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4:56

About Mountains

Brooklyn-based ambient/experimental rock duo Mountains formed in Chicago around the talents of Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp. Friends since middle school, the pair founded their own label in 1999 while attending the school at the Art Institute of Chicago. Apestaartje became a vehicle for both collaborations and individual projects, and eventually live performance. Mountains recorded two albums of experimental ambient music for the label that drew comparisons to Fennesz, Brian Eno, and Popol Vuh before relocating to New York City in 2008 to record the follow-up. The resulting Choral, an ethereal hybrid of electronic and acoustic instrumentation recorded in real time with a small handful of overdubs was released on the Thrill Jockey label in 2009. For their follow-up, the duo expanded their sonic palette by heading into a proper studio to record in 2010. The result was Air Museum, which was released in 2011 on Thrill Jockey. Tending away from the trend towards hyper-prolific release schedules that was key among their peers, Mountains took their time in sculpting their 2013 full-length Centralia, approaching the dense songs layer by layer and refining them over many months. ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Brooklyn, NY

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