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Mountains, Tape, and All of Them Witches @ Soundlab

Having just released their second album, Etching (Thrill Jockey), Brooklynites Brendon Anderegg and Koen Holtkamp, the duo known as Mountains, come to Soundlab on Wednesday (Jan. 27). Their music unfolds gradually and organically, exposing the stark, inherent quality of the acoustic instrument. Ambient, but not in the way we think of ambient nowadays as being “background music.” No, their music requires an active listener to catch the intricacy and subtlety in what might only be a single guitar chord, elongated and distorted over time. The layering of acoustic and electronic is all part of their atmosphere, their mood—the entity that is being created as you listen. For them, the acoustic and electronic, the natural and artificial, blend seamlessly together. This is how our world operates, after all. Mountains is certainly experimental, but their music hardly seems like an experiment. It seems like it was meant to be that way all along. Their East Coast tour kicks off here in Buffalo, with support from Swedish trio Tape. Local band All of Them Witches opens the show.

—jon wheelock

9pm / Soundlab, 110 Pearl St. / bigorbitgallery.org/soundlab