Released: May 2011
Label: Thrill Jockey
For their second album on Thrill Jockey, Mountains -- Brooklyn's Koen Holtcamp and Brendon Anderegg -- move into more explicitly electronic territory. Instead of processing their acoustic instruments digitally, with software, they availed themselves of a pallet of pedals and modular synthesizers. Where once was a shimmering, abstracted take on folk music now looms the buzzing, throbbing specter of Krautrock's kosmische wing. Waves of synthesizer unfurl in long, fluid arcs; the closing song, from a live performance, feels like disappearing into a pastel tsunami.