Mount Maxwell - The People’s Forest

LP Co-Release with Cardinal Fuzz / Hotham Sound. Edition of 350.Pressing Heavy Black Vinyl. Bandcamp.

‘The People’s Forest’ is packed with micro-earworm moments, nourishing

synths and playful crunchy percussion. It’s got a skyward gaze and nostalgia

for futures never realized, packing a kind of childlike optimism inside an

arpeggio-laden, hermetically sealed little sound world. When the loose, hip-

hop fueled drums kick in over warm synthesizer pads, you’ll probably feel

the same warm sense of familiarity I picked up. Music for fans of Boards of

Canada, sure, but Mount Maxwell has a wide open pastoral landscape and

identity all its own. – Optimistic Underground

Composed of seemingly small sounds, ‘The People’s Forest’ has an oddly

natural quality to it despite being created almost entirely through synthetic

means. Subtle synth lines coordinate effectively with bits of sampled audio

including vocals and sounds of nature in a way that transports you to another

place that feels like a home that you are yet to visit. Subdued percussion

carries almost every track through these wandering soundscapes in a manner

that gives the listener something to hold onto as they drift along in this other-

worldly place that resembles Earth. – Rounding the Fringes

A founding member of Vancouver Island’s MMR Collective, and head of the Canadian experimental electronic label Hotham Sound, artist and musician Jamie Tolagson (Mount Maxwell) currently lives and works in Vancouver, BC. His music is a unique blend of analog synths and acoustic instrumentation, calling to mind such artists as Boards of Canada, Bruce Langhorne, and Tangerine Dream. A preoccupation with childhood perception, utopian thinking, and the landscape of the Pacific Northwest runs throughout his work, which has been featured in Discorder Magazine, Tabs Out, Cassette Gods, Retromania, Free Form Freakout, Last FM, and NTS Radio. ‘The People’s Forest’ is his fifth album.