Mountains' music has real depth and personality.
Sid Smith 2009-02-13
Revealing a finely attuned sense of proportion and balance, the six pieces which make up the album never fall short of their initial promise.
There's also several surprisingly dramatic moments such as on the eight minute Telescope, in which cascading down-strummed acoustic guitar are gradually absorbed into the white-noise sheets of sound of an Arizona rain storm.
The fact that they are willing to go beyond the usual suspects such as Eno-spawned noodlings, naive melodies frosted in reverb or the Kosmiche rent-a-mope settings that populate so much contemporary electronica, gives Choral a distinctive edge.
Not just another blank-faced drone-clone outfit, Mountains' music has real depth and personality. This comes from their readiness to bring a human dimension to what they do rather than let the machines have all the fun.