Montibus Communitas


MONTIBUS COMMUNITAS (Mountains Community) is a free form/uncompromising communal project led by the Peruvian musician, writer and philosopher BRAYAN. Born in 2011, the community is influenced ideologically by teachings of traditions such as Buddhism, Taoism, Gnostic Christianism, Andean Cults, Hinduism, etc, as well as other esoteric traditions. The community is well known for its particular approach to music, using the idea of ”spontaneity” and ”constant change” to such aspects as songs to be played, the band members and the instruments to be used.

Some of the persons that have been involved in the project are Paul (VIRGEN SIDERAL), Anna, Sergio (SILVER MORNINGS), Pedro (TRIO NUNA), Giancarlo (LIQUIDARLO CELULOIDE), Carlos (LA IRA DE DIOS, DRONE ACCELERATOR), Tete, Efrain (LA MECÁNICA POPULAR), Herrmann (JACKO WACKO, VIAJEROS, HAMANN), etc. – Bio from Prog Archives


““The absolute works together with the relative, like two arrows meeting in mid-air.” So wrote Chinese Zen ancestor Shitou Xiqian, in an eighth century poem known as “The Sandokai” – or “The Identity of Relative and Absolute.” There’s more than a faint echo of Shitou’s ancient words reverberating throughout “The Pilgrim to the Absolute,” an essentially wordless but highly communicative new album from the Peruvian sound collective known as Montibus Communitas.

It’s an echo that signals the merging of difference and unity, that signals encounters with illusion and enlightenment… that signals an album bathed in dark, distinguished, headphone-drone bliss of the highest order.

The forty-four minute pilgrimage presented by Montibus Communitas is nothing if not clear in its intentions. Each of the album’s six songs – from the slow, shining “The Pilgrim Under Stars” to the album-ending title track – is a chapter in which we find the titular pilgrim (which is the band, which is the listener, which is everything at once) on another stage of this massive, mesmerizing, metaphysical road trip. Heavy, heady, be-here-now stuff, right? Without question. Yet the unmistakable, unhesitating headlong dive into the spiritual stream that is “The Pilgrim to the Absolute” yields a result that’s never stoic or sterile.

Constantly evolving both in their membership and use of musical instruments – and often within the span of a single song, the sound of a pilgrimage within a pilgrimage – Montibus Communitas is exceptionally alive and vibrant, an ever-flowing stream of sound that may include the birds singing, the stars shining, laughter, the lighting of a smoke, or a band member getting up to grab a beer, mid-mind-melting raga-roll freakout. What Montibus Communitas offer is nothing less (and nothing more) than a spiritual, ambient-art, high-altitude, altered-state, improvisational sonic prayer that’s equally human and down-to-earth (which is floating in space). After all, shouldn’t taking “The Pilgrim to the Absolute” mean a journey where we encounter everything? Or, back to the words of Shitou in the eighth-century, “Ordinary life fits the Absolute as a box and its lid.” – Ryan Muldoon, Revolt of the Apes

“The Pilgrim to the Absolute, is a 44-minute avant-garde opera about a pilgrim on the journey to enlightenment. That may set off alarm bells — is this some kind of wan, milky New Age music? — but one listen to “The Pilgrim To The Source Of Love And Life” should quell those fears. The song is a hypnotizing four-minute drone built around a steady tribal drum beat and streaked with strange flutes, free-floating ambient tones, handclaps and ringing guitars. The song changes shape slightly — the whoosh quiets to make way for darting pan flute, different textures emerge in the song’s background — but it remains defiantly strange and ghostly throughout, a metaphorical fable told in sound.” – Wondering Sound

“Now here’s a Peruvian psychedelic folk pilgrimage that sounds like the cross between the nature recordings and ambience infused works of the Inner Islands label and the classic communal krautrock psych folk of Amon Duul I and II back in their heyday. Pregnant with spiritual, devotional themes and gentle licks of guitar and flute among tribal drumming, “The Pilgrim” is a healing session, an island of tranquility in the sea of noise. Become a pilgrim. Travel to the Absolute and find the rest in there. Recommended!” – Weed Temple


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