We caught up with Brendon and Koen from Brooklyn-based Mountains to chat about their biggest musical influences as the band prepares for their forthcoming US tour.

The band recently released Centralia, which you can read bout here.



Faust - Tapes

Koen: There was a period of a couple months or so in the mid 90s when the disgruntled security guards at a certain indy music chain in NYC came up with a scam to make some extra money. Basically, they would ask you for the merchandise you were holding in the store and then tell you to meet them outside where they would then ask you for a fraction of the actual cost. While short lived and sad on some levels paying $10 for $30 krautrock imports, or rare minimalist jams made it a little easier to take some chances and check things out in a time when you couldn't immediately download everything that was referenced. The collage aesthetic of Faust's appropriately named 1973 album Tapes pretty much blew my mind as a high school kid growing up in the suburbs.




Gaster Del Sol - Camoufleur

Brendon: All of the Gaster Del Sol records are great for different reasons and Camoufleur is by far their most pop oriented record. The track 'Season's Reverse' has this analog synth sample that comes in repetatively playing off the off kilter rhythm of the guitar. The combination works so well.




Luciano Cilio - Dell'Universo Assente

Koen: Dell'Universo Assente represents a truly unique and beautiful approach to music making where each instrument and each sound are given ample time and space to develop. The album achieves this not only in the overall musical structure, but through Cilio's highly acute and subtle sense of the mix which brings each instrument slowly to the forefront. While quite a few musical genres (modern composition, folk, various world musics etc) come to mind when listening to Dell'Universo Assente it's the kind of self-contained, confident and reflective work that transcends mere genre restrictions.




Terry Riley - Poppy No Good 'All Night Flight' Vol 1

Koen: Riley is a pretty obvious influence in terms of what we do with live sampling and layering. His time lag accumulator experiments were a direct inspiration for the way in which I initially set up my performance system. Often spanning over 6 hours in performance, this edit from a live show in '68 shows 'Poppy No Good and the Phantom band' (Riley solo w/ tape delays) creating a truly hypnotic, rolling blend of Saxophone, organ and electronics. Originally released on the stellar Cortical Foundation with beautifully intricate Bruce Connor cover art. Between them, Table of The Elements and the Anomalous mail order catalog the late 90s felt like a particularly fertile time to be discovering various strains of experimental music.




James Blackshaw - The Cloud of Unknowing

Brendon: James Blackshaw reminds me of Charlemagne Palestine on the 12 string. The rolling hypnotic sound and dramatic chord changes keep the music in perpetual motion. When I first heard Cloud Of Unknowing in 2007 it sounded so fresh. The attention to melodic detail and the overtones of the 12 string made the record really stand out. We toured with James for a couple weeks a few years ago and his compositions really stand up nicely in a live context.