It turns out Pausal are a British group who’ve previously toured Europe in the company of Koen from Mountains, and who have an album due next year that’s being/been mastered by Brendon from the band. Vague worries about being duped by potentially dangerous Mountains stalkers proved as implausible as they sound. But better still, when I had a look at Pausal’s Myspace, it transpired that they’re actually pretty great.
Listening to the tracks playing there, you can immediately see the kinship with Mountains. If anything, though, Pausal drift further into a kind of ambient airspace; less overtly cosmic/psychedelic, perhaps, and more obviously related to the pure ambient excursions of Brian Eno (an easy reference, of course, but it seems particularly apposite here).
There’s also something faintly classical about these progressions – especially the outstanding “Song From A Cloth Pocket” – which reminds me of a lunar Arvo Part or, perhaps more accurately, Gavin Bryars. Have a listen, anyway: as you might imagine, we’ve booked them for the Mountains show, too.