Moon Patrol - Mountain House Music [OSL026]
Following three noteworthy appearances on compilations by On Board Music, Huinali Recordings, and Lost in Translation, New York-based duo Moon Patrol introduces their first long-player, “Mountain House Music.”
Moon Patrol consists of Irina Kotik and Gilles Wasserman, mainly known as co-founders of deep techno and ambient platform Delayed. Irina, a classically trained musician, contributed the melodic parts, and Gilles has been leading the rhythm section of the productions - an excellent symbiosis with meaningful output. A symbiosis whose soundscapes are an ode to the beauty of transitionary states and reflective exploration. “Surface Tension” and “Raflo Ren” grasp the fresh and misty air, with mountains slowly appearing through the morning fog, accompanied by wooden percussive beats. Likewise, the title track, “Mountain House Music” seems to be devoted to the passage from a dreamy, meditative state into an active physical space.
Throughout the ten tracks, we can hear the couple’s harmonious relationship with nature - may it be Prospect Park as their Brooklyn refuge or mountain retreats in upstate NY and Vermont - both spaces and the moods induced by them make an appearance through carefully selected and arranged field recordings (“Inparké” and “Beautiful Brook”). Moon Patrol, though having produced together since 2017 already, took their time to craft their own way of musically syncing and connecting with like-minded artists, such as Dutch producer Love Over Entropy, who took care of mixing the album.
Friends play a significant role in Moon Patrol’s symbiotic ecosystem and that’s why close friend Aspetuck contributed a breezy - grooving remix of “Wevok” - closing the LP with an uplifting, life-affirming note that teases to dance.
“Mountain House Music” was produced in the spring of 2022 while processing a loss in the family. It hence addresses symbiotic relationships and how our interdepence with nature and friends serves both as inspiration and refuge. Though naming their primary inspirations as Boards of Canada, Lord Of The Isles, Ripperton, and Khotin, Moon Patrol found their own very reflective, niche sound in the atmospheric down-tempo realms. A sound that is distinctively organic, immersed in exhilarating exploration, and full of airy breaks.
- Text by Theresa Bäumel
Irina Kotik (New York, US)
Gilles Wasserman (New York, US)
released May 22, 2023
Written & Produced by Irina Kotik & Gilles Wasserman aka Moon Patrol
Additional Production by Griff Fulton aka Aspetuck
All The Original Tracks' Mixed by Love Over Entropy
Mastered by Xergio Córdoba at Eternal Midnight, Spain
Artwork by Clément Davout
Released by Oslated from Jeju Island, South Korea
Release Date : May 22nd. 2023