Boomkat Product Review:
Brooklyn's Apestaartje label has been one to watch over the last couple of years, operating a similar music policy to Taylor Deupree's 12k but with a stronger leaning towards electro-acoustic works with an emphasis on live instrumentation. The Mountains are the duo of label owners Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp who operate elsewhere on the label as Anderegg and Aero. The sound of Mountains emits via instrumentation from the worlds of americana, folk and modern classical music given a subtle electronic filtering mixed with shimmering field recordings. Often sounding like classic Apollo era Brian Eno recorded during a tropical downpour, while at others bringing to mind the glorious sun-drenched layering of genre-master Fennesz, this album evokes the feeling you had as a child when opening boxed presents only to find another box insideand then another ... until you finally reach the gemstone kept heavily under wraps. Housed in a unique styled digipak, this album transcends all usual superlatives and is a definite highlight of 2005 to date. Essential purchase.