Brothers Jordan and Stefan Christoff constructed a series of goldilocks zone landscapes on their recent album, A Balkan Spacewalk, released last year by Alien Garage. Utilizing an array of synthesizers, field recordings, rhythms, acoustic guitar, and more, the Christoffs hone in on spatial arrangements that transmit music with a strong visual connection. “Shore” rides a pensive wave while still zooming out toward expansive plains with lilting pads and unfaltering guitar melodies. A pointed edge moves forward with purpose though the nebular trail holds its own aural remedies. Anarchist Mountains find beauty and conviction in both spaces, feeling at home wherever the trail leads.
For the video, director Samer Najari leans in on the sonic dichotomies rolling throughout “Shore” with vivid kaleidoscopic imagery. There is a tinge of serendipity to the charm of the footage and the flickering tones of “Shore.” Najari explains:
I bought a Super 8 reel at a flea market in France, anonymous found footage filmed on a coast somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea, I imagine. This reel was buried in my archives for a long time until Stefan and Jordan Christoff asked me to create a video for their Anarchist Mountains track, “Shore.” It couldn’t have worked better! The result is a visual exploration inspired by duality, between the scattered notes of the guitar and a constant tone of the synthesizer.
A Balkan Spacewalk is out now via Alien Garage. Stream and purchase below. Anarchist Mountains’ Bandcamp page can be found HERE.