When Your EDM debuted Mountain Soundsystems early last year, he was calling himself the Cool Moonmist Mountain Band and he was hitting some seriously interesting beats as a one-man touring band and creating said beats live onstage. Now with a streamlined name and a slightly different focus, this Seattle-based artist is coming for the leftfield crowd with his new track, “ORMUS.”
“Ormus” is an acronym used in the ancient practice of alchemy, standing for Orbitally Rearranged Monoatomic Elements. The track could have also been named after the Kingdom of Ormus (Hormuz), which existed from 11th to 17th centuries, but given the seemingly random arrangement of the elements in the track, it seems Mountain Soundsystems was more likely referring to the alchemical definition.
Of course the arrangement in “Ormus” is not random at all but it does seem to have magical properties. The various synths are on different syncopation paths and the first build/drop sequence lands not in a heavy, ravey beat but an analog keyboard synth. Mountain Soundsystems is a multi-instrumentalist on top of everything else and he folded these into his work as Cool Moonmist so it makes sense that he will be doing the same going forward.
The track is mostly funk and leftfield/trip hop vibes until the last minute, where it surprisingly goes full-on rave dubstep, with only a few of the funk and jazz flourishes left. It cuts off suddenly, and since Mountain Soundsystems uses his tracks normally for live mixes and performances, it’s likely that this track rolls into another.
As of now, Mountain Soundsystems stuff isn’t available for purchase but fans would do well to keep an eye on him. With such a unique leftfield/dubstep hybrid sound, it won’y be long before he’s hitting the Beatport charts.