“A collective of degenerate teenagers who make experimental electronic music and art in their basements and bedrooms in Vancouver, BC.,” reads Mountainous Collective’s eye-catching Facebook page. The only accurate way to reiterate the atmosphere around this group of eccentric characters would be to play imported Japanese PlayStation 1 games on a CRT television circa 2004 in a dark basement, or maybe the complete opposite. Truthfully, the men and women who compose Mountainous are still somewhat of a mystery: two parts zealous internet-born youth, one part oddly relatable idealists, and entirely unpredictable.
“Mountainous officially started around December 2012, when we came up with the title, but we had unofficially been a collective for several months prior to that,” explains Sexmith. “Gabe Eisner (Pascal Hawk-Wind) originally came up with the idea to start a label/collective cause we had so many friends doing music who were all doing super cool stuff. I kind of spearheaded getting shows together, making an official name for it, and shit like that.”
Mountainous Collective is partly comprised of the following musicians:
Coming off the high of finally releasing what has been over a years’ work, Jacob Sexsmith, Mountainous Collective founder, must be feeling as gleeful as his music would imply. The nostalgic and colourful aura of ∆†CELESTIAL EP†∆ is completely opposite in character to the dreary home town that it has emerged from. Jacob has created a piece that sounds both expensive and begriming at the same time, featuring a slew of samples honourable to 90s MTV VHS tapes, rich chimes, and cheesy (in the best way possible) saxophone doses.
Recommended: ∆†CELESTIAL EP†∆ (EP, 2013)
Longtime member of Mountainous Collective, Brodie A-P, AKA Slippery Jibberish, is a prime suspect of Mountainous’ unearthly musical accomplishments. The dithering sounds found in his latest works are danceable yet provocative. Whether you tremble from fear or excitement due to his work, it is certain that it will bring a refreshing perspective to your average electronic compositions. A sense of bipolarity is present too, with moods ranging from J Dilla on ecstasy, sample-rich and spectacular, to a more emotional and somber sound.
Recommended: swimyng at niyt (EP, 2013), untitled tape#2 (Mixtape, 2013)
Increasingly Martian sounding, Paul Lucas has amassed a very adventurous discography. This Steve Reich-inspired musician blends avant-garde and experimental styles that are true statements of his unique, vexing structures. The samples found in Lucas’ work are confusing but engrossing, dancing around you like dust particles caught in a twilight fraught window. Paul’s work is hardly docile, which forces you to return in order to decipher the mysteries you’ve just heard.
Recommended: Health (LP, 2013), Island (EP, 2013)
Though not mentioned above, Mountainous is also home to several other very talented young minds. Do yourself a favourite by checking out these guys and girls online: