Mountain Sounds is an international recording project comprised of two
songwriters who came together from very different parts of the world to create
something new. Franc Castillejos was born and raised in Guatemala, but his path
crossed with Tim Hoyt when he moved to Florida to attend school. The pair soon
realized they shared a likeminded approach to crafting thoughtful, melancholy
pop songs, and they began collaborating while Franc continued his work on a
Recording Arts degree at Full Sail University. Their songs eventually took shape
in the form of an indie rock band that toured extensively around the Southeast,
and they shared the stage with established acts like Band of Horses and
Manchester Orchestra while recording and releasing an EP that laid the
groundwork for their future collaborations.
Unfortunately, just as their music career was picking up steam, an
insurmountable obstacle appeared on the horizon: Franc's graduation. His student
visa didn't allow him to stay in the United States after school, and there were
surprisingly few work visas available for people who just wanted to play rock
and roll. Having exhausted their options, the band was forced to come to a
premature end. Franc reluctantly returned to his home in the mountains of
Guatemala, where he opened a small recording studio with a focus on developing
local talent, while Tim relocated to the indie rock mecca of Portland to pursue
a whole new world of musical possibilities. It seemed like a good plan, but his
initial optimism faded when he was unable to replicate the effortless creative
chemistry he and Franc had shared. Meanwhile, though Franc started strong by
releasing an EP of solo material, he eventually lost momentum too, frustrated by
the limited scale of his pursuits in the small Central American country he
called home. Eager for a fresh start after several fruitless years apart, the
two decided to reconvene in Franc's studio, where they began work on something
They picked up right where they left off, and the results speak for themselves.
Over the course of their creative partnership, Franc and Tim have continually
honed and refined their craft, developing a sound that is instantly relatable
yet wholly unique. Their songs are rooted in the grand tradition of classic pop
music, where a strong melody is always the focal point, and accompaniment serves
to highlight, rather than obfuscate, that focus. Their arrangements are sparse
but meaningful; every part they play and every sound you hear has been labored
over, whittled down, and reworked in the pursuit of a deliberate, untraditional
production aesthetic all its own. The resulting songs, bolstered by rich
harmonies and layered vocals, are undeniably catchy, yet complex and detailed
enough to warrant repeated listens.
This process of writing and recording may sound daunting, and at times it is.
That seems fitting for these two. A musical partnership separated by nations is
a huge undertaking, after all. But a good song? For Franc and Tim, that's worth
all the stress, all the effort, and all the work in the world.
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