Sun October 18th, 2015
Minimum Age: 18+
Doors Open: 7:00PM
Show Time: 8:00PM
Event Ticket: $12
Day of Show: $15
free for members
A record release show for the new White Out with Nels Cline release Accidental Sky on Northern Spy Records.
This is a general admission, standing event.
White Out with Nels Cline Record Release Show
White Out: A means of obliterating the written word. A crippling weather condition. A jarring form of cinematic transition. A band.
Formed in 1995, arising from the lower depths of New York’s pre-gentrified Chelsea section, White Out thrust their original brand of experimental sound onto an unsuspecting public overloaded with Grunge and its immediate aftermath, and secretly yearning for a new musical direction.
White Out (whose core membership consists of Lin Culbertson: analogue synths, autoharp, flute, mystery electronics and otherworldly vocals, and Tom Surgal: drums, devices, celestial bells etc.) continue on in their unwavering assault of the sound/silence continuum, generating a healthy mixture of fear, spatial disorientation, cosmic ennui, and occasional beauty in their sonic wake.
Seven albums in, working with a variety of labels like Ecstatic Peace, ATP, audioMER and No Fun, White Out has accumulated an impressive array of enablers along the way, including Thurston Moore, Nels Cline, Jim O’Rourke, and William Winant among others.
In March 2011, White Out recently capitalized on their multifarious connections with their fellow musical brethren by curating a month at John Zorn’s performance space The Stone, presenting 54 shows in total.
White Out’s latest release is entitled Accidental Sky, a collaboration with longtime friend and compatriot Nels Cline, on the Northern Spy label.
White Out official site
Mountains’ music is defined by slow builds, and subtle transformations, textures and melodic lines that evolve in a variety of ways to create grand soundscapes and acutely detailed compositions. For Centralia, the duo of Koen Holtkamp and Brendon Anderegg wrote and recorded in a way that mirrors the pace of their music. While the current trend in experimental music is towards hyper-prolificity, Mountains have taken their time on Centralia, resulting in an album that is as precise as it is boundless. Holtkamp and Anderegg approached the album layer by layer, throughout much of the record combining purely-acoustic recordings with purely-electronic sounds rather than using electronics to manipulate acoustic source material. Guitar, cello, organs, electric piano, and more are seamlessly combined with modular electronics, synthesizers and other sound sources. The result is a fully engrossing listen, always shifting focus between acoustic instruments, processed instruments and electronic sound.
Most of Centralia was recorded by Holtkamp and Anderegg at Telescope Recording in Brooklyn, with the exception of the side-long “Propeller” and “Liana,” which are recordings of live shows later augmented with additional instrumentation. The duo recorded, edited, and mixed everything themselves, creating a sonic and aesthetic continuity only achievable through such fastidious and insular methods. Be it the gently melodic acoustic guitar and keyboard of “Tilt” or the steady, subtle pulsating haze of “Living Lens,” the album is as sonically rich as it is compositionally diverse.
Centralia is the most fully realized Mountains album, it encompasses everything Mountains represents, from the analog electronic sound of Air Museum, to the gentle warmth and improvised grandeur of Choral. Mountains are utterly singular in their ability to combine such varied and complex sources into such delicately detailed songs of perceived simple pastoral ambience.