New Mountains – “Ceremony”

By Scott Lapatine / March 2, 2009

Brooklyn drone outfit Mountains offer a appropriately chill soundtrack for their snowed-in borough today, where the world outside our windows is still and quiet and we’re all happy to zone out with our headphones on. The duo of Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp recently released Choral, its third album and first for Thrill Jockey. Their ambient compositions have earned comparisons to Eno and Fennesz, and over these newest instrumentals, Mountains’ somber organ- and acoustic guitar-based soundscapes layer chimes, rattles, harmonicas, accordion, field recordings, and electronic flourishes to hypnotic effect. “Ceremony,” which adds muffled percussion and banjo to the mix, is one of two bonus tracks contained on the vinyl release.

And here’s the dense, 13-minute title track that opens the LP.

Mountains – “Choral” (MP3)

Choral is out now on Thrill Jockey. Hear more at MySpace.