Friday, June 8, 2018

Lukas Borsten

There Is No Mountain

7 p.m.


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Lukas Borsten

Lukas Borsten

Lukas Borsten is a songwriter/saxophone/guitar man in Portland, OR. After playing with Amanda Palmer, touring nationally, releasing an album at the Wonder Ballroom, producing a series of monthly living room concerts (HAUS Shows), impersonating Bob Dylan and writing for three bands simultaneously, he has now sharpened his focus.

His new and primary band is a six-piece outfit called Ghost Towns. The project was born when Lukas received a grant to spend a week writing/recording in a cabin on the coast of Longview, WA. After five days of solitary work, five musical friends came up to record the new songs and play them through for a caravan of vacationing NW folks. After the performance it was apparent that everyone was jazzed to keep the project going as a regularly performing band back in Portland! Featuring six players on instruments like trumpet, violin, saxophone, accordion, and banjo in addition to the rhythm section, the group is capable of a widely diverse array of sounds.

Lukas is obsessed with both Bob Dylan and Neutral Milk Hotel. Consequently, you can often see him on street corners dressed up as Dylan, busking with songs from the ‘63-'66 catalog. Ghost Towns is capable of performing many Dylan tunes, and can play Neutral Milk Hotel's seminal album In The Aeroplane Over the Sea in its entirety.
The Bottlecap Boys and Lefty & the Twin are Lukas' two other bands, both of which will be performing sets during the upcoming Al's Den residency.




There Is No Mountain

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.


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