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Holy Mountain, The: Toad Of Light [VINYL] (Shhpuma)

Cinematic aesthetics and themes from the Norwegian Holy Mountain duo, performing on the uncommon pairing of two instruments--accordion played by Andreas Angell, and drums with acoustic and electronic parts and vintage synthesizer played by Aleksander Tidemann--in their 3rd release inspired by the dystopian sci-fi visions of John Carpenter, Philip Glass and Daft Punk.

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UPC: 5609063800401

Label: Shhpuma
Catalog ID: SHH040LP
Squidco Product Code: 26180

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Portugal
Packaging: LP
Recorded at Athletic Sound studio, in Halden, Norway, by Dag Erik Johansen.


Andreas Angell-accordion

Aleksander Tidemann-drums, synthesizer

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"If you like the colorful atmospheres of the North European music of today, be it folk, pop, jazz or experimental, here is something special for you. And special because you can't label it in any way: the music combines aspects of all those tendencies, but goes somewhere else. The Holy Mountain is a Norwegian duo with two instruments we don't usually find together, accordion (played by Andreas Angell) and drums (with acoustic and electronic parts played by Aleksander Tidemann, who also uses a vintage synthesizer).

With a cinematic character and minimalist structures, the four pieces reunited in "Toad of Light" have the drone-like static particularities of electronic exploratory music, but also of the pulsating waves of psychedelic and kosmische rock. As the two musicians themselves state, this debut LP is the result of a contemplation of the "eternal universe and the isolated man", inspired by the "dystopian sci-fi visions of John Carpenter, Philip Glass and Daft Punk".

If your references concerning Angell are his interpretations of works written by Scandinavian classical contemporary composers and his studies of Sofia Gubaidulina's timbral, textural and spiritual symbolism, prepare yourself to be surprised. You've never heard an accordion doing this (and neither a drumkit)."-Holy Mountain

Artist Biographies

Andreas Angell is a Norwegian accordion player, known for the duo Holy Mountain.-Squidco 5/31/2023

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Aleksander Tidemann is a Norwegian drummer known for the bands Holy Mountain with Andreas Angell, the heavy rock band Cultivation. He started playing drums in Class 2 corps, and pursued an interest in playing in rock bands Influences include Vinnie Colaiuta who has played with Herbie Hancock, Frank Zappa and other types of fusion jazz, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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Track Listing:

Side A

1. Adoration of the Moon 10:55

2. They Live 7:40

Side B

1. Celestial City 7:24

2. Night Toads Palace 13:20

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