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Monday, January 16, 2017

There Is No Mountain

Hip Hatchet

7 p.m.
Free
21 and over

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There Is No Mountain

There Is No Mountain is a Portland-based duo that combines percussion, guitar, and an affinity for vocal harmony to create a unique brand of pop with intricate, world-music-influenced arrangements.  The band's subtly virtuosic style has been compared in print to current acts like The Dirty Projectors and Avett Brothers and classics like Paul Simon's Graceland, but it is perhaps more telling that reviewers have tried to peg the duo's musical influences in genres ranging from jazz to folk, classical to psychedelic rock, and world music to doom metal (all are correct!).  Kali and Matt usually just call it "pop with a short attention span".

TINM's live set-up is an exercise in multitasking - the duo sings nearly everything in harmony while Kali plays a medley of tom drums and percussive instruments, and Matt animates his acoustic guitar using nimble fingers and a bunch of carefully chosen effect pedals.  African rhythms, jazz harmonies, shape-shifting arrangements, theatrical melodies, and psychedelic swirls seep through the americana exterior, making the live show a total surprise to any first-timer.  In 2013, There Is No Mountain played 122 shows and slept in most of the continental states, and they plan on releasing some new road-tested material as soon as possible.

Hip Hatchet

Hip Hatchet

Hip Hatchet is the songwriting project of Philippe Bronchtein. Born in Montreal and raised in New Jersey. Bronchtein found his voice as a songwriter while living in Vermont between 2006 and 2010. His first full length album Men Who Share My Name was self released on May 2nd 2010 and later re-released by Gravitation records in August 2011. The blog We Listen For You describes Hip Hatchet as "gorgeous introspective folk...the best new act of 2010."


In April 2012, Hip Hatchet released Joy and Better Days on Gravitation Records. The album chronicles Bronchtein's relocation across the country and features Alex Lewis on guitar, Jake Nussbaum on drums, and Charlie Freundlich on Bass.

Hip Hatchet is currently based in Portland, OR, where Philippe performs as a soloist.

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/HipHatchet

Bandcamp:
http://hiphatchet.bandcamp.com/

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