Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit: Oct 25th-27th: Asheville, NC


Cover photo of BASSNECTAR by Douglas Wojciechowski

Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit is the newest inception of the pub-crawl-plus-unbelievable-lineup-Fall-festival in Asheville, North Carolina. Replacing MoogFest’s Fall position (although MoogFest has been displaced to Spring 2014), AC Entertainment (producers of Bonnaroo, Forecastle Festival etc..) may be creating a first year festival, but is doing so with the kind of experience, skill, and musical insight one could expect from a top-notch festival operation.

MOEMS_FINAL_600wide1Scheduled for October 25th-27th, this festival is everything an avid electronic music fan could ask for. The lineup is incredible and features artists that are making serious waves in music news. The “big print” headliners all have new music or impressive accolades to showboat at this fest. Nine Inch Nails released their (his) first album since 2008 (however, How to Destroy Angels, Trent Reznor’s side project with his wife, were also on the lineup and for whatever reason have dropped out), Also, Pretty Lights has a great new album and a live band to perform on the supporting tour (if you miss them at Mountain Oasis they have two dates in Atlanta at the Tabernacle at the end of the month).

Neutral Milk Hotel has their first full-band tour since 1998; Bassnectar has a new EP; Animal Collective’s Panda Bear has recently collaborated with Daft Punk; Godspeed You! Black Emperor recently won the Polaris prize and thus has created the best Canadian album of the year.

We could go on, but you get the point. And that’s just the bands in the big print. The mix just gets more and more interesting as you work your way through the festival lineup.

Baths is the performance moniker of Will Wiesenfeld, a Los Angeles resident electronic musician with a brand new album of pumpy, intentionally heavily compressed, drum-n-bass-esque beats layered with detailed electronic instrumentation and nearly indiscernible but contextually appropriate lyrical musings. He’s the last act to play the Orange Peel on Friday night. Stay up. Don’t miss it.

Bosnian Rainbows is the most recent in a long-line of tripped-out, psychedelic, projects from the twisted mind of Omar Rodrigez-Lopez: the former guitarist and principal songwriter for the now defunct Mars Volta. They start off the stage on Saturday and are going to be a great presentation of guitar proficiency injected into punk-rock postures.

Delorean is an ethereal Spanish electronic dance quartet with a brand new album, Apar (their first new music since 2010) and a pretty awesome new single “Spirit”. The new album has a much bigger and fuller sound than their previous efforts, and they are going to be a fantastic, floaty, fun closer to the Saturday lineup at the Asheville Music Hall.

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Deltron 3030, a hip hop supergroup featuring Dan the Automator, Deltron Osiris/Deltron Zero (better known as Del the Funky Homosapien), and Kid Koala will be performing after releasing only their 2nd album (that had been teased since 2008) at the end of September. It was a long 13 years to wait between albums, but it’s a good return, and if you have any love for hip-hop then this is a must see show.

Robert DeLong released his first full length album earlier this year, Just Movement. His lyrics on top of dance pop beats make this some of the most thought provoking dance pop songs out there. The consciousness of his lyrics is likely attributed to his earlier experience in indie bands playing drums. It’s fun positive music that will get you moving and it will make you fucking dance.

Shlohmo is only 22, but has been making beats for eight years. It is low-fi ethereal EDM that incorporates simple samples like water drops, fingers snapping, or other types of noises you’d hear in everyday life, or independent films alongside r&b harmonies. It’s dreamy and pleasant music. There is a lot to expect from someone so young moving forward, so it will be interesting to see what kinds of things he can do live.

Mountain Oasis takes place in Asheville, North Carolina from October 25th – 27th. Tickets are still available for advance purchase HERE.


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