Childhood

by Strange Mountain

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A few years back I recorded 'Childhood', one of my most satisfying moments as Strange Mountain and as a musician. Then in my early 30s, I was on the beginning of a journey of trying to reconcile the emotional fulfillment of my childhood with the excitement and challenges of oncoming adulthood. Having experienced a, what I've always realized, was an emotionally-privileged life of having to live different sets of culture and values, I wanted to keep the special-quality of those moments away from the increasingly-barren empty/ borrowed nostalgia that had become the norm. I had to make each song a specific experience - Learning to ride a bike at the late age of 9 in the suburbs of Canberra, Australia; waiting for the bus drenched in cold weather and thundering rain very early under the cloudy skies of Wassenar, Netherlands; sweating like maniacs as we played street children games in the now-dying neighborhoods of middle-class Jakarta suburbs. Rockman 2, football fields during dusks behind our house, neighborhood crushes, the smell of the convenience store on a dry Perth day. It was all those moments.

I was lucky to find some great partners in Metaphysical Ciruits (who released it on tape) and Majemuk (who re-released on CD along with outtakes on floppy disk) and yet-still-other labels here who found a connection to it and plan to re-release it in the near future. I hope it means as much as to you to listen as it did to me writing it.

METAPHYSICAL CIRCUITS - "The welcome reemergence of Jakartan renaissance man Marcel Thee's Strange Mountain continues here, just barely a month after a wondrous one on Lillerne Tapes. From miniature to monumental, "Childhood"'s ten tracks embody characteristic soft-focus harmonic meditation, shifting sands, dream-filled seasons, and hymnal hit potential. Minimalist-impressionist soothing vibes – reflective and nostalgic, without necessarily being melancholy. All-analogue ambient rapture."

BANDCAMP HUNTER/ FORMLESS FIELDS - "All-analogue ambient rapture" is how Metaphysical Circuits describes this release from Jakarta's Strange Mountain, a description I must wholeheartedly agree with. Wavering soundscapes that cast an atmosphere that is both serene and eerie.

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released July 16, 2013

Written and recorded by Marcel Thee, mid-to-late 2012
Mastered by Yosi O.P.A

Cassette release still available through metaphysicalcircuits.blogspot.com - released July 2, 2013

2014 re-release limited edition CD with bonus floppy disk available through www.facebook.com/majemukrecords

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Strange Mountain Jakarta, Indonesia

Strange Mountain is Marcel Thee (Sajama Cut, Roman Catholic Skulls, The House of Faith and Mirrors, The Knife Club, and solo) from Jakarta, Indonesia

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