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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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Streaming over at Pitchfork Advance and it is EXCELLENT. Pre-ordered almost right away and I never do that. Enjoy


I purchased "identical Ship" and "Living Lens" the two artifacts from the journey I couldn't leave without. I didn't want them to end and yet time unravels so fast when lost in transcendence. ~Be Jiihd


Formed: Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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