Track Review: Nickolas Mohanna – “Down Yonder”

[Low Point; 2013]

Based in New York, Nickolas Mohanna is a multimedia artist whose musical output revolves around the drone. His latest album, Parallax View, is out now on Low Point. Mohanna marries the analogue wonder of Golden Retriever with the folksy guitar glitches of Fennesz to eerily beautiful effect. “Down Yonder” is a great example of the artist’s keen ear for luscious soft noise and powerful track layering. Some ambient music reaches for the stars, but for all its digital processing, “Down Yonder” sounds particularly earthy and organic, reminding us that there’s just as much mystery and magic hiding in the ground beneath our feet as there is above the clouds.