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Montibus Communitas - Hacia Aquellos Bosques de Inmensidad (2013) review

Montibus Communitas “Hacia Aquellos Bosques de Inmensidad” (Trouble In Mind, 2013)

This third release from the Peruvian spiritual collective (roughly translated as Mountain Community) continues to deliver deeply personal devotional music honouring their natural surroundings in the river valley outside Lima. As with previous releases, much of the music was recorded and composed on the spot, making them truly unique improvisational journeys to inner peace. Like 70s krautrockers Amon Düül, Liverpudlian cult goths The Revolutionary Army of The Infant Jesus, and Christian musical spiritualists The Trees Community, there is a communal vibe with religious overtones to their soothing, meditative music. Nature itself is as much a “composer” as an inspiration for these musical mood poems (the title translates roughly as “Towards Those Vast Forests”), which are played mostly on acoustic instruments like flute, bongos, violins, an acoustic guitars.
               The band feed off each other as moods rise and fall, variously peaking and gently settling back to earth like falling leaves cascading on a warm summer breeze. The violin is more pronounced thoughout “Inti Uku Pacha”, but fluttering flute and gently strummed guitar wander around the melody line like a snake slithering across the river valley winding its way near the studio where the band recorded these tracks ostensibly in a single setting on November 4, 2011.
               Brooding, hallucinogenic, frightening, ethereal – all of these emotions run up and down your spine as you expose your minds to the collective embrace of nature and its beauty envelops you inside these four lengthy messages of love. For fans of communal improvisational music, spiritual musical endeavours cited above as well as Atman, Magic Carpathians Project, Ghost, and the meditative aspects of Acid Mothers Temple. This is religious and spiritual music of the highest order.

Review made by Jeff Penczak/2013
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