Mountain Range can’t just stop with his own amazing talent for delivering the wonderfully cerebral aesthetic of leaves crashing within the mist of memories. He went out and linked his visions to Sun Glitters, the great Ole Torjus, and Teen Daze offers a smooth, cozy ride within the parameters M.R. sets up every time he releases something. There is no one out there doing it quite like this, and the online popularity of this roster solidifies the original version into a great EP. And it just sounds so damn good.
2012 was an interesting year for Holly and me. We learned we’d become parents, due date late January 2013. Our son’s name is Cove, he now is the proud owner of years of collecting music, and a few choice instruments. My first album came out under Nomadic Firs, which had so many weird, and exciting moments. With those two big items I give you this random list, which is a collection of Artists I heard getting played over and over again in our house. These are some of the folks that took me out of my own creations, and allowed me to just be a fan of music again. Something I honestly misplaced, and the reason I do this site. So cheers to all of you for making this last year fun for us, we appreciate it.
Okay Okay Okay, Stuart Thomas is an absolute high-five fest of an artist. His work rains down the most furious acid trips. He’s infectiously enhancing the world with skittle like balloon gravy, the kind you see bubbling over the sun scattered haze of those peak performance memories. Mountain Range sent me this tune about 20 minutes ago. I’m still choking on my crackers. He’s a magical son of a dreamer, bringing wizardry on the rest of us to no end. My god, will a giant label and web site please give him his major props already. The new remix is for Swansongs’s “Silhouette,” from their new E.P. called Sill Life.
~ Ryan Boos
Special thanks to Ellen Epley for the photograph, I highly recommend visiting elleneply.com to see her other work. She captures the moment really well and her subjects never seem to force anything for the camera. I kept getting the sense that these photos snapped themselves, just by the way her collection sits naturally. I chose this particular photo b/c I felt it speaks to what we’re trying to do on Acres. The site is about people forming this community together. The feeling I get from the image is this acceptance to explore something new, to let your guard down and do something. The girl in the photo looks right at you, and for me it suggests purity, and the liberty to change course in life, even if it’s for a moment. There’s no doubt, that I tried to mimic the overall impression the weather had been leaving on me lately, with volume one. It’s not too hot or cold, its upbeat and chill at the same time. I think this mix has enough edge to keep you awake while also giving you the atmosphere to chill on the porch. Spring time is without a doubt one of my favorite times of the year. I was really excited to add these groups to my collection this last month. They’re all really amazing musical acts that offer up something special. Don’t forget to Download the mix for free, and take it with you wherever you are, and wherever you go. Lastly, thanks to the Artists who have submitted their voices for the Acres, Discovering You tag line. Keep sending them in, I think they really sound nice in the mix.
Sleep Party People “Chin”
Beaches Beaches “Got Feel”
Tea Leigh & Luke Reed “Rivers Of Love”
Sean Bones “Here Now”
Mountain Range “Evelyn(e)”
Bear Cubs “Cascade”
Everything Sleeps “Hold Me Down”
Jonas K.P. “You, I, Us”
Matt FX “Breezy”
~ Ryan Boos
The wave will crash on you, wave being anything that might kill your spirit. But you’ll recharge that battery indeed. The continuation of a rather bright influx of yourself, is at times the remedy worth seeking. You might establish this horrid rule that won’t allow you to see the endless ability you have, it’s just deep man. You have to run the hills, even if your body is planted like a fir that’s never been touched, or loved.
Ole Torjus is the person responsible for these words, although he used me to type them to you. You hit play on his music, and you’re going to learn something about yourself, this much I promise you, although you have to believe you can. I spend so many hours worrying about shit, mainly the things I can’t control. I use music, this site now especially, to clear my mind for a few ticks. I hate people most days, and I hide behind this here laptop to exude some kind of social persona. I love people most days too, see what I mean. Who the hell are we anyway, aren’t we all “At the bottom of a strange hill?”
These are the real pictures, beaming through some imaginary desert radio you yearn to see, but can’t, even though you drop synthetics to try. If you see them, you’ll find Stuart Thomas’s Mountain Range. I met him like everyone I meet lately, through Soundcloud. The first time I heard Mountain Range I stopped everything I was doing and just let it fade me out, and then I yelled “Holly, you have to hear this!” We both sat still in appreciation for him.
On his first EP, A Heart Upon, there’s nothing but beauty, and these amazingly liquid silhouettes, running rapid through the arms of mother nature. The way in which the sounds are arranged deliver a great sense of ease. Thomas feels what he’s doing, and he’s taking us to some unforgettable places in the process. Nothing could be more true than the flying painted glass on “Evelyn(e).” A remarkably produced track that will have you lost in the hazy acres for days, “when in Rome” fits here I think.
I have never written about music without sounding like a total cheese ball. This album, this artist, make me feel like the first time I fell in love, and I don’t care to express that to you. Laugh for a second, then remember what that feels like. The warm feeling in your stomach, and the relief when you see them in the hall. The shy pattern you get into b/c your afraid to be yourself. And the shield that protects you from all the fake ass hoops people put us through. Society is a monster, if not entirely a piece of shit. Mountain Range’s sound gives me hope, and not the empty kind. The one that makes it easier to be “upside down in the void.”
Lets take the opening track “With Skates.” You think you’re on some slow motion escapade, through the flutters of rainbows and man-made interruptions you can’t avoid, i.e. telephone poles shadowing your favorite city parks.
The ride breaks off, and you get into this whole new realm just after the 4 minute mark. It’s as if Thomas hits hyperactive and says out loud to the trees “we want more, and you know how to give it to us.” There are hints of Aphex Twin if you shed the creepy element of course, and like any good music maker in this niche, you hear some Boards Of Canada. But Mountain Range is his own entity. And there’s endless proof on his giant statement of a first album.
The year is early, but this is on the top of my list for best albums thus far. Head over to his Bandcamp page and hook him up with a few coins.
~ Ryan Boos