"By highlighting instruments not typically associated with contemporary classical music, Sherburn and his collective have created a perfect soundtrack for the movie playing out your car window on any drive west of San Angelo."
"Though envisioned as a multimedium experience of Southwestern idyllics, the transcendent compositions of Music for Enchanted Rock stand alone."
Music for Enchanted Rock Album Release Nov 12 at North Door
Montopolis has a uniquely Texan approach to classical ambient music with influences ranging from Bob Wills to Arvo Part. String trio, pedal steel guitar, and piano are accompanied by Rip Shaub’s landscape photography and the legends of Enchanted Rock. Composer Justin Sherburn performing with Leigh Mahoney and Sara Nelson (Tosca String Quartet), Alejandro Duque (Austin Symphony), and Bob Hoffnar (Liminal Sound Series).
“Music for Enchanted Rock” is the latest Montopolis recording to be released by the Wren and Shark record collective. These pieces modulate between expanses of drone and noise sculptures to counterpoint and melody driven songs. New western themes are slowed to a geologic tempo and wrapped in layers of slowly morphing harmony, paying homage to the mythological and the sacred.
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“Seeks out the incidental beauties of nature with a keenness that would make Terrence Malick proud.” Variety
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