Luna, which doles out sadness and quirky optimism in equal measure. Abrupt tempo changes alter many of the tunes within the course of a few bars, transforming spare arrangements into complex orchestrations that highlight guitarist Matt Harmon’s virtuosity and place Kali Giaritta’s wispy vocals at the fore.
There Is No Mountain, born of the now-defunct Americana group the Ascetic Junkies, combine traditional folk songwriting with Glenn Kotche-worshipping avant-garde percussion. The songwriting—ostensibly split between the two multi-instrumentalists, Kali Giaritta and Matt Harmon—falls on the more traditional indie side of the ‘experimental’ tag, but their textures recall a chilled-out Dodos or a non-aggressive Buke and Gase.
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There Is No Mountain: “The folk-rock act’s ‘Luna,’ a kinetic album with indie-friendly songwriting and jam-band-worthy chops, will get a worldwide release on ORG Music on Jan. 15, with a Portland release show set for Mississippi Studios on Jan. 7.”
“In a city dominated by hip-hop and EDM, it’s tough for a band to cut through all the noise — even when it’s rocking out at 11 with buzzing guitars and hard-hitting drumming. Truth is, it takes songwriting chops and an engaging live show to snag the Magic City’s attention, no matter how loud you crank the amps. Duo Sean Wouters and Nicolas Espinosa have hit on the perfect combination of aggression and craft. Wouters, a Miami Beach native, and Espinosa, an Argentine who moved to Miami as a kid, met in elementary school and have spent years finding a musical groove together. Since 2009, they’ve played as Deaf Poets, bringing together garage rock and grunge for an oddly ’90s yet contemporary sound. The pair just wrapped up a small U.S. tour around the South and parts of the Midwest to celebrate the release of their debut full-length, 4150, an album featuring plenty of indie-rock goodness in cuts such as “Can’t Breathe” and “This Pain.” And with smaller indie labels always eying South Florida for the next big thing (see Surfer Blood and Jacuzzi Boys), it’s only a matter of time before someone picks up these guys. This is exactly the kind of racket that’s worth tuning out the DJ.” – Miami New Times, Best Band of 2014
Jan 22: Birmingham, AL – The Nick
Jan 23: Hattiesburg, MS – Nick’s Ale House
Jan 24: Lafayette, IN – The Spot Tavern
Jan 25: Milwaukee, WI – 4 Seasons Skatepark (Rock N Roll Skate Jam)
Jan 27: Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
Jan 28: Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Jan 29: Charlotte, NC – Evening Muse
Jan 30: West Palm Beach, FL – Respectables