Boomkat Product Review:
Mountain Ocean Sun is a project fronted by His Name Is Alive main man Warren Defever, who collaborates with three like-minded drone artists for an hour-long recording of shruti box, harmonium, bells, gongs and violin. The group's first performance was at a 500 year old Buddhist temple in Osaka, and that pretty much sets the tone for the quartet's quasi-mystical approach to soundscaping. Defever himself continues to mythologise, describing the recording as having been made "on a mountain, in the woods, near a river, a lake, and the city" going on to say "When it was over I was blind". Truth be told, Peace Conference is one of those records that would greatly benefit from having no accompanying spiel, because there's a very natural, intuitively played out drone record that's rich in atmosphere and organic sound matter. Given that there's no discernible post-processing or environmental sounds involved, the composition of the record actually comes as something of a refreshing diversion from the dominant strands of contemporary ambient music, and the various instruments and sound sources come together in an intelligent, well thought out fashion. A very beautiful album from this excellent label - Highly recommended.