Independent Music News premieres “Hiking,” the new music video from There Is No Mountain:
The group specializes in a charming brand of psych-pop that is often dancey and always catchy, like a matured mix of the Dirty Projector’s artsy weirdness and oddball vocal harmonies with the barebones instrumentation of Beat Happening. All of these textures and more are present on their sophomore album, Luna, a collection of songs based around the band’s travels released by L.A.’s ORG Music in January 2016.
Think of the song in terms of the plot diagrams your fourth grade English teacher would write on the dry erase board and you’ll notice an entire cycle of emotion smashed into an insanely catchy two and a half minute song.
“I am inspired by all the ways in which we can make this life livable.”
Pen’s Eye View interviews There Is No Mountain on their new album LUNA (out now on ORG Music), doom metal yoga, and what it takes to tour non-stop.
Newpdxmusic.com picks There Is No Mountain‘s new album LUNA as an editor’s choice, out now on Org Music.
Selective Memory Mag reviews Luna, the new album from Portland’s There Is No Mountain:
It’s not that this album is folk rock than it is ethereal alternative forcing genres from the early ‘90s that bands like House of Love or Lush fused together…The eccentricity of [drummer/vocalist Kali Giaritta and guitarist/vocalist Matt Harmon] allow them to explore avenues of rock and pop in ways others have not…Levels are pushed and the power from these two explode. What is this monster I have ran into? How can an album that has started out as gentle as a blown leaf turn into a vivacious rock odyssey?
Surviving the Golden Age digs in to There Is No Mountain‘s new album LUNA, out now from ORG Music:
There’s a ton going on with the guitars, whether they’re big and fuzzy or faint and picked, but it’s like life going on below the surface of a body of water. When the guitar is at its most intricate, it’s also at its softest volume. There are big, fuzzy chords on ‘Listening to Sadness’ and ‘Waterbound,’ but there are also soft, plucked parts hiding in there. ‘Hiking’ is one of the few songs where the guitar gets all the solos it needs to really stand out. Because inspiration was taken from so many sources, at times the guitars sound like ‘90s alternative, or Latin (think of a world music CD being played at a Ten Thousand Villages store,) or a little Renaissance Faire-esque when it gets classical, or kind of folky Americana. I’m pretty sure I even caught a touch of zydeco in ‘Black Hole (Part 2).’
The Portland State Vanguard reviews There Is No Mountain‘s album release show for Luna, out now on Org Music:
Giaritta and Harmon navigated an eclectic emotional landscape of music which was at times wistful and melancholy, while at others spirited and uplifting…it captures the highs and lows of life. In a word, it feels very raw…an incredibly unique sound, but rather than coming off as pretentious, Giaritta and Harmon’s work feels eminently relatable.
That Music Magazine reviews There Is No Mountain‘s new album Luna, out today from Org Music.
Luna takes us on an hour-long trip trough their souls. With complex song structures and orchestrations, the songs flow naturally and build up a crystal-clear picture of the duet’s minds and visions. Providing unique and singular expressions, the record combines sadness, with darker themes of anxiety and depression, to bubbly optimism. Relatable and honest, There Is No Mountain’s Luna is modern and unexpected.
Sacramento News & Review previews There Is No Mountain‘s show in Sacramento:
…dark, eerie and unsettling. The couple evokes a certain sense of minimalism, but between the nuanced, dynamic songwriting, the spooky harmonies and worldbeat influence, they really fill the songs out and create something truly unique.
Mad Mackerel shares There Is No Mountain‘s track “Cat’s Away” from their forthcoming album LUNA, out on ORG Music on January 15th.
Vortex Music Magazine captures photos of There Is No Mountain‘s album release party in Portland on January 7th.
Willamette Week reviews LUNA by There Is No Mountain, out on January 15th from ORG Music:
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.
ALBUM PREMIERE: Stream LUNA, the new album by There Is No Mountain over at Vents Magazine! The album is out next Friday on L.A.’s ORG Music.
Luna album release show for There Is No Mountain is a Staff Pick in the Portland Mercury:
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.”
There Is No Mountain celebrates the upcoming release of new full-length album LUNA with a release party in PDX at Mississippi Studios. The Oregonian calls it a Must-See show!
WithGuitars posts the new single from There Is No Mountain, “Cat’s Away,” from their forthcoming album Luna, out on January 15th from Org Music.
Glacially Musical interviews There Is No Mountain about their forthcoming album Luna, tour plans, and how they create their textures and soundscapes:
We were just trying to see what we could pull off with our minimal set-up. Seeing what sounds we could create and learning what dynamic range we could inhabit with just guitar, drums and keyboard…I can run the gamut between folky finger-picking and doom riffs in the same song if I want to (and who wouldn’t want to?).
GroundSounds premieres There Is No Mountain‘s new single “Cat’s Away” from their forthcoming album LUNA, out on ORG Music on January 15th.
Nooga.com‘s Joshua Pickard reviews “Song of Seikilos” from There Is No Mountain‘s forthcoming album Luna, out on January 15th from ORG Music:
…draws on the fuzzy psych and folk landscapes of the ’60s to fashion a modern, unexpectedly hook-laden set of rhythms. You can hear some of the same oddly textured sounds that bands such as Dirty Projectors and Grizzly Bear peddle, but There Is No Mountain is able to create a unique and singular expression based on these influences; there’s no sense of imitation or mimicry. They are simply realizing that these sounds can be translated into an affecting and honest homage—one that gives credit where it is due while also allowing the band to form their own rhythmic individuality.
Glacially Musical reviews There Is No Mountain‘s album Luna — get it on CD or digital download on January 15th from ORG Music:
Swirling, ringing, and fuzzy guitars dominate the musical landscape, but they cannot compete with the “dueling” vocal arrangements. Both Harmon and Giaritta have unique and powerful voices, and then there’s those drums…The voices are diminutive, but powerful. The guitars are heavily effected, but the soul rings clear.